Safety warning over denture adhesive

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Safety warning over denture adhesive

22nd February 2010

People who use dentures are being warned that long-term use of a popular brand of adhesive could cause neurological problems such as numbness and difficulty walking.

Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline said this week that customers who have used more Poligrip Ultra and Poligrip Total Care than directed over a number of years should stop using the products and get medical advice.

The warning came after GSK's own research and other scientific reports suggested that levels of zinc, which is not absorbed in the mouth but only when swallowed, could rise to harmful levels after prolonged and excessive use of the products.

Jerard Knott, a defective product specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said he welcomes the warning, particularly in light of the serious nature of the possible side-effects.

"Prolonged exposure to zinc like this can lead to symptoms including numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms and legs," said Jerard. "It can also cause difficulties with walking and balance and blood problems such as anaemia. These are potentially very serious side-effects, and we urge anyone who thinks they may have been affected to seek medical advice immediately.

GSK insisted Poligrip Ultra and Poligrip Total Care remained safe to use as directed.

"It is reported that the company has already halted the manufacture and distribution of the products in question," said Jerard. "While zinc-free alternatives are already available, GSK is now in the process of changing the range so that none of the lines will contain zinc in the future."

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of defective products. If you or a family member has suffered an injury that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

If you think that you have a case or require further information, contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Source - Sky News