Matrixx Initiatives has officially announced that it will recall its Zicam intranasal cold remedies after hundreds of patients reported losing their sense of smell using the medications, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this month issued a consumer alert about Zicam. Matrixx officials are saying that the product recall is voluntary while stating that they disagree with the FDA’s safety warning, which maintains that the zinc-containing Zicam intranasal cold remedies are unsafe to use. The FDA is also alleging that the products were unlawfully marketed, an allegation which is also being challenged by Matrixx.

The FDA issued a recall notice on June 16 for Zicam products, which accounted for 40 percent of Matrixx’s sale last year. Federal officials determined that the products contain zinc, which could cause serious or permanent damage to the nerves in the nose needed for smell. The FDA warned consumers against three Zicam products–Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel; Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs; and Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size, which is a discontinued product.

Hundreds of consumers have reported losing their sense of smell–some with just one use and others with multiple uses. Bisnar | Chase has already received several inquiries from victims who have suffered these serious, irreversible Zicam side effects. The issue with these recalled Zicam products is apparently not new. News reports state that Matrixx knew about the serious side effects as early as five years ago. The complaints and reports have been pouring in for the last several years. However, they took few or no steps to test their products and they did not put a warning label to caution consumers about these possible adverse effects. Matrixx’s pharmaceutical drug negligence has undoubtedly resulted in serious problems for those who have used these Zicam cold remedies. Numerous pharmaceutical liability lawsuits have been filed by victims nationwide.

Matrixx did consumers a huge disservice by falsely marketing a product that would cause them serious harm. The company dragged its feet with the recall and did nothing to make consumers aware of the serious side effects–information that would have helped consumers make an educated decision about whether or not to use these Zicam products.

If you or a loved one has suffered from anosmia or loss of sense of smell as a result of using Zicam cold remedies, please call the pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Bisnar | Chase at 1-800-561-4887 for a free consultation and evaluation of your drug recall case. You would also be well-advised to report your case to the FDA through their MedWatch program by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.