FDA issues warning on certain Zicam cold remedies

| 6/18/2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is telling consumers to stop using three Zicam products marketed over-the-counter as cold remedies because they could cause users to lose their sense of smell.

The FDA has received more than 130 reports of loss of sense of smell associated with the use of the three products: Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs, and Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size (a discontinued product).

The FDA issued Matrixx Initiatives, maker of these Zicam products, a warning letter telling it that these products cannot be marketed without FDA approval. Click here for more information.

Matrixx pulled the products, but affirmed their safety. The company said in a news release Tuesday, June 16, that “it is voluntarily withdrawing Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs and Zicam Cold Remedy Gel from the market.”