Denture cream pulled

lawsuits allege nerve damage

February 19, 2010

The maker of Poligrip denture cream will stop making formulas containing zinc amid lawsuits claiming years of excessive use caused neurological damage and blood problems in consumers.

GlaxoSmithKline will stop making and marketing Super Poligrip Original, Ultra Fresh and Extra Care products in the U.S. The company plans to reformulate the creams without zinc.

The company stressed that the products are safe when used as directed, but that some people use extra cream to correct ill-fitting dentures.

Hundreds of lawsuits allege Poligrip caused nerve damage, leading to a loss of balance, loss of sensation in hands and feet, and leaving some paralyzed.

- Associated Press

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