In the news release, William Hemelt, the acting president of Matrixx, says that the company "stands behind the science of its products" and that "there is no reliable scientific evidence that Zicam causes anosmia." Hemelt said the FDA's action came as a surprise.


In cases of poisoning or suspected overdosage, the drug's identity should be verified by chemical analysis.

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ZICAM Cold Remedy Oral Mist, ZICAM Cold Remedy Rapid Melts, ZICAM Cold Remedy Chewables only: For oral use only. ZICAM Cold Remedy was formulated to shorten the duration of the common cold and may not be effective for flu or allergies.Ask a doctor before use if you have ear, nose or throat sensitivity or if you are susceptible to nose bleeds. In case of accidental contact with eyes, flush with water and immediately seek professional help.Temporary discomfort such as burning, stinging, sneezing, or increased nasal discharge may result from use of this product. The use of this container by more than one person may spread infection.Autor noted that without the sense of smell, people "may not be able to detect dangers, such as gas leaks or something burning in the house, and may not be able to tell whether food is spoiled before eating," as well as having their quality of life diminished.Zinc can damage receptors in the nose that are needed for smelling, notes Charles Lee, MD, a medical officer in the FDA's Office of Compliance.The FDA's warning only applies to the following Zicam products: Zicam's maker -- Matrixx Initiatives, Inc.