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Man Up Now product removed from sale at Delta and Surrey stores: may pose serious health risks to Canadians

Starting date:
July 4, 2011
Posting date:
July 4, 2011
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety, Undeclared Substance
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-110005190

Issue

An unauthorized health product, "Man Up Now" was removed from sale at "O! Behave" retail stores in Delta and Surrey, B.C. after Health Canada's testing identified undeclared sildenafil, a prescription medication in this product. "Man Up Now" is promoted for sexual enhancement and may pose serious risks to the health of Canadians.

Who is affected

Canadians who have purchased Man Up Now, particularly individuals with hearth problems, those at risk of stroke or those taking any nitrate drug (e.g. nitroglycerine).

What consumers should do

  • Consult your healthcare practitioner if you have used this product or are concerned about your health.

  • Report any adverse reaction potentially related to this product to Health Canada.

  • Submit complaints regarding the sale of these or any other unapproved health products, or concerns related to the safety, efficacy or quality of health products, to Health Canada's Inspectorate, toll-free, at 1-800-267-9675.

  • Contact O! Behave stores in Delta BC (604-940-1006) or Surrey BC (604-581-0022) about disposal and/or returning this product to the point of purchase.

  • Read the label of the products you buy to verify that they have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality. Health products that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) or a Natural Product Number (NPN) on the label. Some natural health products (NHPs) may have an Exemption Number (EN), which indicates that the product is legally available for sale while Health Canada is reviewing its application for licensing.

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada removed Man Up Now from "O! Behave" retail stores in Delta and Surrey, and we are working with Canada Border Services Agency to help stop future shipments of this product from entering Canada. Should Health Canada become aware that this product remains available for sale in these or other locations in Canada, the Department will take appropriate action.

Background

Sildenafil should only be used under the supervision of a health care practitioner. Products containing sildenafil should never be used by individuals taking any kind of nitrate drug (e.g. nitroglycerine) as it can cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure.

Individuals with heart problems including high blood pressure, a history of heart attack, stroke, abnormal heart beat or chest pain are at higher risk of cardio-vascular side effects if they engage in sexual activity, including if they use sildenafil to help them achieve an erection. Other possible side effects of using sildenafil include:

  • headache,
  • facial flushing,
  • indigestion,
  • dizziness,
  • abnormal vision; and
  • hearing loss.

Canadians who have taken unauthorized prescription products without the supervision of a healthcare practitioner or without a prescription may face additional risks. You may be misdiagnosed, the treatment might not be appropriate to treat your illness and you may miss the opportunity to obtain appropriate medical treatment. You may also put yourself at risk for drug interactions, or harmful side effects.

How to report problems with consumer products

To report suspected adverse reaction to these or other health products, please contact the Canada Vigilance Program of Health Canada toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and send to us using one of these methods:


Media enquiries

Health Canada
613-957-2983

Public enquiries

613-957-2991
1-866-225-0709

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