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Blizzard, McCarthy & Nabers Launches DentureCreamJustice.com

Informs Public of Dangers Posed by Zinc Poisoning and Denture Adhesive Creams


HOUSTON, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blizzard, McCarthy & Nabers, one of the nation's leading pharmaceutical litigation firms is proud to announce the launch of DentureCreamJustice.com, an educational website aimed at informing consumers of the risks associated with the use of zinc-laced denture adhesive creams.  As a resource for the nearly 40 million Americans who wear dentures, DentureCreamJustice.com is regularly updated with the latest news and medical information surrounding zinc poisoning from denture adhesive creams.

Over the last two years, three separate scientific studies have reported a direct connection between the use of denture adhesive creams spiked with zinc and serious neurological disorders such as neuropathy – irreparable damage to the peripheral nervous system.  While zinc is necessary for the body's proper functioning, consuming the mineral in large quantities over an extended period of time has long been known to pose serious health risks, something the makers of denture adhesive creams knew all too well.  Despite this, they continued to sell their products without warning consumers of the possible dangers of zinc poisoning.

"DentureCreamJustice.com is meant to provide consumers with the critical information denied to them by these denture adhesive cream manufacturers," said Scott Nabers, a partner at Blizzard, McCarthy and Nabers who is handling a number of denture cream lawsuits.  "For those consumers who have already been disabled by these products, DentureCreamJustice.com provides them with an avenue to seek legal redress.  Corporations that operate with an eye on the bottom line rather than the safety of their consumers must be held accountable for their actions."

For more information, visit www.denturecreamjustice.com

Blizzard, McCarthy & Nabers, LLC, one of the nation's leading pharmaceutical litigation firms, represents thousands of clients harmed by dangerous drugs and medical devices and has taken on some of the world's largest corporations, including Bristol-Myers, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer and Dow Chemical.



For Immediate Release: February 18, 2010
Contact: Kyle Murphy
(703) 621-3942
kmurphy@webstronggroup.com

Leading Denture Cream Litigation Firm Welcomes GSK Announcement of Removal of Zinc From Its Denture Creams

Untold Numbers of Consumers Still Left Disabled By Its Products


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of popular denture adhesives Poligrip and Super Poligrip, announced today that it will remove zinc from all of its denture adhesive products.  The pharmaceutical giant has added the potentially hazardous mineral to its adhesives for decades, despite overwhelming evidence that consuming large quantities of zinc over an extended period of time can cause serious neurological damage.

The leading national pharmaceutical litigation firm, Blizzard, McCarthy and Nabers, which represents dozens of consumers poisoned by denture cream zinc, welcomed the announcement:

“Representing dozens of patients poisoned by zinc in denture cream, we have seen the damage wrought by this toxin," said attorney Ed Blizzard.  "Today’s announcement is a responsible action for GSK to take and a victory for consumers.  Unfortunately, it comes far too late for the hundreds - if not thousands - of people who have been crippled by zinc poisoning.   “While we applaud the efforts of GlaxoSmithKline to make their products safer, the reality is, it should have removed zinc from its adhesives years ago."

Currently, about 70 lawsuits have been filed in Miami’s Multi-District Litigation against both GlaxoSmithKline and Proctor & Gamble, makers of denture adhesive containing zinc. And at least 20 other mass tort claims have been filed in Philadelphia, where GlaxoSmithKline’s headquarters are located.  Recently, Blizzard was named to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Miami MDL.

“While today’s announcement is a positive step, consumers are still largely unaware of the dangers posed by zinc-laced denture adhesives,” said Scott Nabers, partner at Blizzard, McCarthy and Nabers, who is handling the firm's cases in the Philadelphia Mass Tort Program.  “Poligrip products are also not the only adhesives on the market spiked with the mineral. Procter & Gamble, the makers of Fixodent, should also withdraw it's zinc containing denture cream product  as it carries they same zinc poisoning risks to consumers.”

Over the last two years, three separate scientific studies have reported a direct connection between the use of zinc-laden denture adhesives and serious neurological disorders such as neuropathy.  A 2008 study published in Neurology concluded, “chronic excessive use [of denture adhesives] may result in…serious neurological disease.”  Another study published last year in NeuroToxicology identified 11 patients suffering zinc-related neurological damage and concluded that the “use of denture cream appear[ed] to be the sole source of excess zinc in these patients.”

GSK's statement on its decision to remove zinc from its products can be found here:  http://www.gsk.com/media/denture-adhesive.htm.

For more information, see stories in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the St. Petersburg Times.

Blizzard, McCarthy & Nabers, LLC, one of the nation's leading pharmaceutical litigation firms, represents thousands of clients harmed by dangerous drugs and medical devices and has taken on some of the world's largest corporations, including Bristol-Myers, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer and Dow Chemical.


Houston Law Firms Win Fen-Phen Verdict; Williams Bailey and Blizzard, McCarthy & Nabers Win Jury Verdict for Clients Injured By Diet Drug

HOUSTON, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Williams Bailey Law Firm, L.L.P., and Blizzard, McCarthy & Nabers, LLP, announced today a $200 million jury verdict delivered in Philadelphia on behalf of two women who suffered heart-valve damage as a result of taking the diet drug "fen-phen." The women will apply the award to future medical treatments for the drug's on-going side effects.

In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration announced the withdrawal of fen- phen, named for a combination of the drugs fenfluramine and an appetite suppressant called phentermine. Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, of Madison, New Jersey, manufactured the drugs fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine under the names Pondimin and Redux. The combination of Pondimin and Redux with phentermine resulted in serious health problems.

"In this case, both of these women suffered permanent injuries and scarring to their heart because they took fen-phen," said Steven J. Kherkher, a partner at Williams Bailey, who helped represent the plaintiffs. "This damage to their hearts likely will get worse and may require that they undergo open-heart surgery."

"We have over 2,000 cases just like this one in Philadelphia alone," noted Scott Nabers, a partner at Blizzard, McCarthy & Nabers. "We are confident that future juries will look at the avalanche of scientific evidence and come to the same conclusion that this jury did: Wyeth's product caused life- threatening injuries."

About Williams Bailey Law Firm, L.L.P. Williams Bailey is one of Texas' leading personal injury firms. Over the past 20 years, we have recovered billions of dollars for our clients. Most notably, we were one of five firms that represented the state of Texas against the tobacco industry, which resulted in a $17 billion settlement -- the largest in American history. To learn more about how successfully we represent our clients, please call (713) 230-2200; or, you can visit us at http://www.williamsbailey.com .

About Blizzard, McCarthy and Nabers, LLP Blizzard, McCarthy and Nabers specializes in helping people in complex lawsuits, including cases against pharmaceutical companies who make defective drugs or implants; nursing homes who do not properly care for the elderly; petrochemical companies who, through their negligence, cause injury to people or their property; and doctors who, by their negligence, cause injury or death. The firm has years of experience in all of these areas.



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