Butler County Woman Files Suit Against Maker of Super Poligrip, a Popular Denture Adhesive, Claiming that Use of the Adhesive has Rendered Her Permanently Disabled
Pittsburgh, PA - Terri Charpentier, a 41 year old Butler County resident, filed suit against GlaxoSmithKline today in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Mrs. Charpentier alleges that she sustained a severe and lengthy copper imbalance as a result of the harmful levels of zinc contained in Glaxo's Super Poligrip brand of denture cream. This copper deficiency resulted in the development of permanent neuropathy which forced her to leave her job, and for a period of time confined her to a wheel chair. Even after Mrs. Charpentier discontinued the use of the product, began taking copper supplements, and underwent extensive rehabilitative therapy, she is still unable to walk without assistance. Before the onset of her neuropathy, Mrs. Charpentier, a wife and mother, was a vibrant outdoors enthusiast who enjoyed participation in community theater, now she cannot even operate a motor vehicle.
The link between zinc containing denture adhesives and neuropathy was first reported in the biomedical journal NueroToxicology in 2009, but GlaxoSmithKline did not discontinue production of its Super Poligrip line until mid-February 2010. The products are now being reformulated without zinc. However, large segments of the public remain unaware of the connection.
Copper is an essential nutrient metal which all humans need in their diets. Studies have proven that a chronic excess of zinc ingestion interferes with the body's ability to absorb copper.
The attorney for the Plaintiff, Robert N. Peirce, III, believes that "The results of the scientific studies which established the dangers of zinc in denture cream went largely unnoticed by the public. Even now, it is likely that hundreds -if not thousands - of denture adhesive users are suffering from debilitating neuropathy without understanding its cause."
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, L.P., one of the Defendants in the lawsuit, has its headquarters in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.
The Plaintiff is represented by Robert N. Peirce, III; Robert F. Daley; and, D. Aaron Rihn, of the law firm of Robert Peirce & Associates.