Latest Anosmia Stories

2009-06-17 08:20:00

Federal health regulators made a crucial announcement Tuesday suggesting that consumers cease use of Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and similar products due to evidence proving cause of irreversible damage to smell sensory, the Associated Press reported.Zinc has been found to be the unsafe element in the over-the-counter products.  Adult and children-size Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs were also listed as culpable products linked to smell sensory damage in the Food and Drug Administration's...

2009-06-16 21:53:00

Company Characterizes FDA Action as Unwarranted, Withdraws Two Cold Remedy Nasal Products Citing Commitment to Consumer Safety SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. (Nasdaq: MTXX) has confirmed that it received a warning letter today from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about two of its 19 existing Zicam products, specifically Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel and Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs. The warning letter cited consumer reports that the use of these...

2009-06-16 17:35:00

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today advised consumers to stop using three intra-nasal products (gels and swabs) marketed over-the-counter as cold remedies under the Zicam(R) brand because the use of these intra-nasal products are associated with the loss of sense of smell (a condition called anosmia). While these products are manufactured with a zinc ingredient, The Quigley Corporation (Nasdaq: QGLY), www.quigleyco.com, maker...

2009-06-16 13:33:00

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. (Nasdaq: MTXX), today received a Warning Letter from the Food and Drug Administration (the "FDA"). The FDA has asserted that the Company is in violation of its regulations by failing to file a new drug application for its Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel and Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs and that those products are misbranded under their regulations for failing to adequately warn of risks. The FDA referred to numerous...

2009-06-16 11:56:24

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is urging people to stop using three Zicam-brand products marketed as cold remedies because of a health hazard. The federal agency said Zicam-brand nasal gel, nasal swabs and nasal swabs Kids Size, are associated with anosmia, the loss of sense of smell, which can be long-lasting or permanent. Officials said they have received more than 130 reports of anosmia associated with the use of the three Zicam products. Loss of sense of smell is a serious risk for...

2008-06-18 18:00:45

German scientists say they've found the brain's olfactory bulb appears to change in size in a way that corresponds to changes in people's sense of smell. Dr. Antje Haehner and colleagues at the University of Dresden Medical School studied 20 patients with loss of sense of smell, or olfactory loss. Once during 2003-04 and again 13 to 19 months later the patients underwent a brain scan and an assessment of olfactory function. At the first assessment, seven of the 20 patients had no sense of...

2005-08-29 15:55:00

Berkeley -- Though humans may never match the tracking ability of dogs, we apparently have the ability to sniff out and locate odors, according to a new study by scientists from the University of California, Berkeley. Student volunteers presented with odors to one nostril or the other could reliably discern where the odor was coming from, and functional magnetic resonance images of their brains showed that the brain is set up to pay attention to the difference between what the left and right...

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