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Consumer Alert: Denture Cream Maker Warns Doctors of Product Dangers
Date:3/3/2010

hem of the "potential health risk" posed by "long-term excessive use of GSK's zinc-containing denture adhesives Super Poligrip 'Original', Super Poligrip 'Ultra Fresh', and Super Poligrip 'Extra Care.'"  The letter stated that in 2009, the company had "received an increased number of adverse event reports" that together with recent medical literature suggest that there were serious dangers associated with denture adhesives spiked with zinc.

Even as Glaxo warned doctors of the dangers posed by its denture cream, the company continued to blame users of its products, writing, "some patients apply more adhesive than directed and use it more than once per day."  

Leading pharmaceutical attorney, Ed Blizzard of Blizzard, McCarthy & Nabers, noted that Super Poligrip lacked any labeling warning of these risks until recently.  "It is more than a little unfair to blame denture wearers for using the product as needed. These victims weren't eating their adhesives like frosting. They were merely trying to keep their dentures in their mouth."

Currently, about 70 lawsuits have been consolidated into multi-district litigation in Miami against both GlaxoSmithKline and Proctor & Gamble, makers of denture adhesive containing zinc. And at least 20 other mass tort claims have b
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