On June 24, 2009 the Associated Press (AP) reported that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into whether Matrixx Initiatives Inc. unlawfully marketed the Zicam product and the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a formal investigation of Matrixx Initiatives Inc.
These investigations follow the June 16, 2009 Zicam and loss of smell warning letter from the FDA, which resulted in the company recalling a variety of Zicam products.
Matrixx has settled hundreds of lawsuits connected with Zicam in recent years, though it maintains the nasal spray does not harm users’ sense of smell.
Zicam Recall List
The following products have been recalled by Matrixx after the FDA linked them to a large number of consumer injury reports regarding the use of the products and the subsequent loss of smell, also known as Anosmia.
- Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel
- Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs
- Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size (a discontinued product)