Recent lawsuits filed against Proctor & Gamble and GSK claim that the zinc contained in the denture adhesive products Fixodent and SuperPoligrip has poisoned dozens of people and ruined their nervous systems irreparably. Chronic, excess zinc intake can result in copper deficiency and profound neurologic disease. Denture cream users, unaware of the zinc content of their product, were using excessive amounts of the adhesive on a daily basis to help with their loose fitting dentures. The affects have been reported as tingling and weakness in the extremeties like the hands, feet, arms, and legs, and have ultimately resulted with some individuals being confined to a wheelchair or unable to walk without the use of a walker.
Urinary Stress Incontinence ("USI") and Pelvic Organ Prolapse ("POP") are relatively common but treatable medical conditions. USI is the loss of bladder control which affects many older women and women following childbirth. POP is a weakening of the muscles and ligaments that support organs like the bladder and uterus and has the potential to be very serious. Traditionally, doctors treated these conditions without mesh in a procedure called an abdominal sacrocpopexy which uses the patient's own ligaments to support weakened muscles. More recently, an increasing number of gynecological and urological surgeons have been using vaginal mesh and sling devices. It was thought that transvagnial mesh would lead to better outcomes; however, a recent study concluded that not only was this traditional surgery just as effective as the mesh, but there were significantly more complications and side effects as a result of using mesh.