Zicam, a nasal cold medication, has been involved in a rash of lawsuits from users claiming the remedy caused anosmia, or loss of smell, after they used it to alleviate cold symptoms. Three of the Zicam remedies have been noted by the FDA as potentially hazardous, and Matrixx, the producer of Zicam products, has recalled their Cold Remedy Swabs, Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids’ Size, and Cold Remedy Nasal Gel.
Matrixx paid $12 million to over 300 people in 2006 for a class action lawsuit linking Zicam to anosmia, but despite this settlement, the product was not removed from shelves, and Matrixx has insisted Zicam is safe for use. Plaintiffs are currently seeking compensation for as much as $75,000 for loss of smell linked to Zicam.
Although Zicam is not the only commercial product to experience a number of lawsuits regarding faulty information, injury or wrongful death, it is currently receiving attention from the FDA. Individuals who have experienced a loss of the ability to smell after using the product may be eligible for reimbursement from Matrixx, and should seek legal counsel regarding their situation.