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Young Woman A Victim of PoliGrip Zinc Poisoning

Feb 9, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP

Denture cream zinc poisoning can affect anyone who has used zinc-containing denture adhesives over a long period of time.  According to an article on, one woman in her twenties has claimed that zinc poisoning from denture cream caused her to become permanently disabled.  Elizabeth Gilley has filed suit against GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of PoliGrip, over her injuries.

Gilley wore dentures from a young age because a genetic condition had ruined her teeth. She had used a denture cream made with zinc every day to hold her dentures in place. 

At only 26, Gilley was suffering from unexplained symptoms such as numbness in her feet and legs and labored breathing. One day, Gilley had to be rushed to the hospital after she collapsed.

According to Time, Gilley was at first diagnosed with leukemia, but blood tests for that disease were negative. Finally, a year after she first sought help for her problems, Gilley was diagnosed with denture cream zinc poisoning.

According to Time, Gilley can no longer walk and relies on a wheelchair. She is among the scores of people who have filed lawsuits alleging zinc poisoning from products like Poligrip and Fixodent. Denture cream lawsuits claim that the manufacturers of these products failed to warn about their risks and failed to provide adequate warnings about the zinc in their products, or adequate instructions to prevent deviation from accepted use.

Last fall, the many denture cream lawsuits pending in federal courts were consolidated for centralized and coordinated pre-trial proceedings in the Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, before the Honorable Judge Cecilia Altonaga (MDL No. 2051).

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