Saturday, February 20, 2010

Glaxo Removing Zinc from Denture Creams

Hi everyone,

I saw this article on Zinc and denture creams and the link with neurological problems. Here's the teaser quote from the Globe and Mail:

After being hit with dozens of lawsuits and growing questions about product safety, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Inc. announced yesterday it will stop selling denture creams that contain zinc.

Excessive zinc intake can cause serious neurological problems and lead to numbness, tingling or weakness in the limbs as well as difficulty walking and balancing or anemia and other blood problems, the company said.

The company said it’s a precautionary move designed to prevent any potential long-term health problems in people who use zinc-containing Poli-Grip in excess of the amount indicated on the label.

And they’re also warning consumers who are using too much of the product to immediately stop and see their doctor if they have any concerns.

You can read the rest of the article here: Zinc to be removed from some denture creams

Source: Globe and Mail Online, Feb 19, 2010, Read Feb 20/2010

Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada
(1/2 km north of the QEW in the Dome Building)
(905) 273-7100