Zicam

Zicam is a branded series of products marketed for cold and allergy relief whose original formulations included the element zinc. The Zicam name is derived from a combination of the words "zinc" and "ICAM-1" (the receptor to which a rhinovirus binds in order to infect cells). It is marketed as an "unapproved homeopathic" product.

Zicam was invented by Robert S. Davidson and Charles B. Hensley in the mid 1990s and is produced, marketed and sold by Zicam, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Matrixx Initiatives, Inc., an American over-the-counter drug company. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers to avoid intranasal versions of Zicam Cold Remedy because of a risk of damage to the sense of smell, leading the manufacturer to withdraw these versions from the U.S. market. The Zicam brand has been expanded to include non-zinc formulations.

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Zicam - Safety Concerns - FDA Warning and Product Recall
16, 2009, the FDA advised consumers to discontinue use of three nasally administered versions of Zicam Cold Remedy—Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs, and Zicam Cold Remedy ... The advisory did not implicate other Zicam products ... that it had received reports of a loss of smell from approximately 130 Zicam Cold Remedy users since 1999 ...
Acunol - Remedies - "Active" Ingredients
... compounds is noted in most homeopathic products, there are some exceptions such as Zicam Cold Remedy, which is marketed as an "unapproved homeopathic" product ... ingredients used in the preparation of Zicam are galphimia glauca, histamine dihydrochloride (homeopathic name, histaminum hydrochloricum), luffa operculata, and sulfur ... Because the manufacturers of Zicam label it as a homeopathic product (despite the relatively high concentrations of active ingredients), it is exempted from FDA regulation by the Dietary Supplement Health and ...
Zinc Gluconate - Safety Concerns
... In September 2003, Zicam faced lawsuits from users who claimed that the product, a nasal gel containing zinc gluconate and several inactive ingredients, negatively affected ... the maker of Zicam, responded that only a small number of people had experienced problems and that anosmia can be caused by the common cold itself ... the FDA "warned consumers to stop using and discard three zinc-containing Zicam intranasal products ...
Homeopathic Remedies - Evidence - Ethics and Safety
... Zicam Cold remedy Nasal Gel, which contains 2X (1100) zinc gluconate, reportedly caused a small percentage of users to lose their sense of smell 340 cases were settled out of court in 2006 for 12 ... to stop using three discontinued cold remedy products manufactured by Zicam because it could cause permanent damage to users' sense of smell ... Zicam was launched without a New Drug Application (NDA) under a provision in the FDA's Compliance Policy Guide called "Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May be ...
Homeopaths - Evidence - Ethics and Safety
... Zicam Cold remedy Nasal Gel, which contains 2X (1100) zinc gluconate, reportedly caused a small percentage of users to lose their sense of smell 340 cases were settled ... using three discontinued cold remedy products manufactured by Zicam because it could cause permanent damage to users' sense of smell ... Zicam was launched without a New Drug Application (NDA) under a provision in the FDA’s Compliance Policy Guide called "Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May be Marketed" (CPG 7132.15), but the ...