Zicam Warning: It is about Time

June 16, 2009

Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

This evenings news reports tell us the FDA has finally issued a warning about Zicam, the supposedly homeopathic medicine for colds.   

From the National Public Radio report:

“FDA: Zicam Nasal Spray Can Cause Loss Of Smell

AP, June 16, 2009 · Consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can permanently damage the sense of smell, federal health regulators said Tuesday.

The over-the-counter products contain zinc, an ingredient scientists say may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell. The other products affected by the Food and Drug Administration's announcement are adult and kid-size Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs.

The FDA says about 130 consumers have reported a loss of smell after using Zicam products since 1999.”

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Our regular readers have grown accustomed to me stomping on my little soapbox about this business for many years. 

Links to our recent Zicam Warnings:

              February 2006  http://denvernaturopathic.com/news/ziccam.html

              November 2008  http://denvernaturopathic.com/zicam2008.htm

All I can wonder is why it took the FDA so long to act.