Following an announcement by the US Food and Drug Administration to recall three Zicam intranasal products, the Health Services Authority is advising residents to immediately discontinue the use of Zicam products.
These include Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel (15ml, NDC 62750-003-10); Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs
(20 swabs, NDC 67250-003-20); Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size (20 swabs, NDC 67250-003-21).
The Food and Drug Administration has advised that these products are being recalled due to more than 130 reports of anosmia or olfactory anaesthesia, which is essentially is the loss of smell after use. The products are regularly sold over the counter in pharmacies, retail shops and the internet.
Health Services Authority Medical Director Greg Hoeksema is strongly imploring residents to stop use of these products.
‘If you have these products in your home, it is imperative to stop using them immediately and discard them. We are concerned that consumers may unknowingly use a product that could cause serious harm, and therefore we are advising them not to use these products for any reason,’ said Dr. Hoeksema.
The Food and Drug Administration is concerned that loss of the sense of smell after any one-time use of the three Zicam products previously mentioned is permanent.
Dr. Hoeksema further cautioned that loss of the sense of smell can adversely affect a person’s quality of life and can limit the ability to detect dangerous odours such as the smell of gas or smoke or other signs of hazards in the environment.
If anyone believes they have suffered ill effects from the use of Zicam products, they are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider immediately.