GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has settled over 100 lawsuits within the past nine months over the Poligrip Denture Cream lawsuits, according to an article on Bloomberg.com. GSK has paid at least $120 million to settle the claims, averaging more than $1 million person person.
The lawsuits claimed that GSK failed to properly warn consumers about zinc related health risks. They claim that Poligrip products have caused neurological disorders caused by the zinc in the denture cream.
In February Glaxo decided that it would removed zinc from their denture cream products after research indicated that it was linked to several neurological problems including nerve damage. Zinc poisoning can rid the body of copper resulting in nerve damage, which it turn may result in weakness of limbs, balance issues, and memory loss.