The most interesting thing about this report is that it is yet one more example of how products that manage to slip through the cracks at the FDA are the ones that cause the most harm to consumers. Zicam is not classified as a medication, so it did not have to undergo formal FDA approval, which would have uncovered this dangerous and life altering side effect. This is very similar to the pain pumps that did not have to undergo FDA approval because they were Class II devices. In this case Zicam was classified as a homeopathic remedy instead of a medication. This is a dangerous loophole in the FDA regulations that must be closed before more unscrupulous manufacturers take advantage of it.