Is Shelf Life Of Zicam Nasal Spray In
On January 20, 2006, Matrixx Initiatives, Inc, the maker of Zicam cold
remedy products, agreed to settle a class action lawsuit by paying out
$12 million to 340 plaintiffs, who claim Zicam nasal spray permanently
damaged their sense of smell, a condition known as anosmia. In the
summer or 2005, Matrixx also settled the only lawsuit that has gone to
trial, with a 42-year-old computer consultant, for an undisclosed
As of January 18, 2006, according to the company's filings with the
Security and Exchange Commission, there were 49 different lawsuits
pending against Matrixx involving approximately 400 individuals.
The lawsuits began in 2003, with some persons claiming to have lost the
ability to smell as a result of using Zicam spray only once. For
instance, the first lawsuit was filed in October 2003, in the US Western
District Court of Michigan. The complaint by Plaintiff, Dennis
Christensen, said that he experienced an immediate and intense "stinging
and/or burning sensation in his nose" after using Zicam.