Processing Magazine

Glaxo to Remove Zinc from Denture Cream

February 22, 2010

The Associated Press reports that 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, allegedly crippling some. 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 reported more than $520 million in denture adhesive sales last year. It stressed that the products are safe when used as directed, but that some people use extra cream to correct ill-fitting dentures. Glaxo''s voluntary action comes as hundreds of lawsuits are poised to go to trial, alleging Poligrip caused nerve damage, leading to a loss of balance, loss of sensation in the hands and feet, and leaving some patients paralyzed.