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The FDA has ordered Matrixx Initiatives, which makes 19 Zicam homeopathic products, to subject three of its cold remedies to new testing, according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel of June 22.
Plaintiffs are coming forward with suits, claiming loss of the sense of smell (anosmia), possibly caused by the ingredient zinc gluconate.
Unregulated homeopathic drugs generally contain trace amounts of natural ingredients, but the drugs are mostly unregulated, according to the Associated Press. The AP says 800 homeopathic ingredients were potentially implicated in problems in 2008, and that $830 million is spent per year on such remedies by 4 million Americans.