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Breaking News: ABC News investigates class action lawsuit claiming that the popular denture cream Fixodent® has caused devastating nerve damage. Lawsuits now being filed nationwide on behalf of denture cream victims.
Fixodent Under Fire
February 10, 2011 - This week, ABC News’ 20/20 anchor Chris Cuomo reported on a number of denture wearers who were diagnosed with zinc poisoning, a condition in which high zinc levels interfere with the body’s absorption of copper, which can lead to serious and irreversible neurological problems.
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“I started getting tingling in my fingertips. And then it started happening in my toes,” said Mark Jacoby, a 41-year-old former construction worker from York, Pa. “I started getting weaker and, you know, I couldn’t walk right, off balance and I’m at this point now.”
Jacoby, who now uses a wheelchair, said his doctors searched for years for the cause of his condition, and eventually tied his disorder to high levels of the mineral zinc in his body. Jacoby, who has worn dentures for over two decades, claims that it came from Fixodent denture cream, which contains zinc as one of its main ingredients.
In a strikingly similar account, 48-year-old Anne Coffman began to notice bizarre, seemingly unexplainable side effects after several years of Fixodent use.
“I started getting numbness in my toes. I wasn’t sure so I kind of didn’t do anything about it at first,” Coffman told Cuomo. “Then it started moving over to both feet and then … up to my knees.”
After many painful tests, she was diagnosed with zinc poisoning, a condition that can lead to irreversible neurological problems.
“[Fixodent] is the only product that I’ve ever used that had zinc in it,” Coffman said, who is now in a wheelchair and struggles with everyday tasks because of weakness in her extremities.
Both Coffman and Jacoby are part of a class action lawsuit against Procter & Gamble, the manufacturers of Fixodent, claiming that their use of the product has caused their devastating neurological problems.
“I don’t know if you can put a dollar value on my health or anybody else’s, for that matter,” Coffman told Cuomo. “I would prefer to see [the makers] take the zinc right out of the product … or take the product right off the market.”