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Seized natural health products from Lion King Health Enterprises, Richmond, B.C., contain hidden ingredients

Starting date:
October 18, 2013
Posting date:
December 6, 2013
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Unauthorized products, Undeclared Substance
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-36353

Issue

Health Canada wishes to inform Canadians that seized natural health products being sold by Lion King Health Enterprises Group Ltd., 1328-8368 Capstan Way, Richmond, BC. were tested and found to contain hidden ingredients and unauthorized substances similar to the prescription drugs, sildenafil and tadalafil.

Approved products that contain sildenafil or tadalafil can only be sold with a prescription and by a pharmacy. These unauthorized products are being added to the list of products sold by this retailer that may pose a serious risk to health.

What you should do

  • Consult your healthcare practitioner with any questions or concerns regarding use of these products.
  • Report any adverse reaction potentially related to these products to Health Canada.
  • Contact Health Canada's toll-free line at 1-800-267-9675 with questions or complaints about these products.
     

Who is affected

Canadians who have purchased or used these products, particularly people with heart problems.

Background

Sildenafil and tadalafil are prescription drugs that should only be used under the supervision of a health care practitioner. Products containing sildenafil or tadalafil or unauthorized substances similar to sildenafil or tadalafil (known as analogs) 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 cardiovascular side-effects if they engage in sexual activity, especially if they use sildenafil or tadalafil to help them achieve an erection. Other possible side-effects of using sildenafil or tadalafil include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision and hearing loss.

Health Canada has been testing a number of seized products that were being sold by Lion King Health Enterprises, Richmond, B.C. and will continue to provide updates to Canadians as warranted. Canadians can monitor the table below for additions to the list of products containing hidden ingredients that may pose a serious risk to their health.

List of products tested by Health Canada to date
Product Name Hidden Ingredient(s) Indicated Use Date Added
North America Dami Ana 650mg Tadalafil Analog,
Caffeine
Not available December 5, 2013
South America Maca 650mg Tadalafil Analog,
Caffeine
Not available December 5, 2013
Ashwagandha 650mg Tadalafil Analog,
Caffeine
Not available December 5, 2013
Shikimic Acid 500mg Tadalafil Analog,
Caffeine
Not available December 5, 2013
Tumer Grass 500mg Tadalafil Analog,
Caffeine
Not available December 5, 2013
Guarana 500mg Tadalafil Analog,
Caffeine
Not available December 5, 2013
North America Dami Ana 600mg Sildenafil Analogs Increase the immune system and relieve physical fatigue October 18, 2013
South America Maca 600mg Sildenafil Analogs Increase the immune system and relieve physical fatigue October 18, 2013
Ashwagandha 600mg Sildenafil Analogs Increase the immune system and relieve physical fatigue October 18, 2013
Optimusman 350mg Sildenafil Analogs Increase the immune system and relieve physical fatigue October 18, 2013
Superman 350mg Sildenafil Analogs Increase the immune system and relieve physical fatigue October 18, 2013
Innerget Instant Erection (NPN#80041194) Sildenafil Analogs Male sexual stimulant July 20, 2013
Innerget Prolonged Performance (NPN#80041194) Sildenafil Analogs Male sexual stimulant July 20, 2013
Innerget Everlasting Strength (NPN#80041194) Sildenafil Analogs Male sexual stimulant July 20, 2013
Megaton 2080 Sildenafil Analogs Male sexual stimulant July 20, 2013

 

Report health or safety concerns

  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
  • Visit MedEffect Canada's web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.

Media enquiries

Health Canada
(613) 957-2983

Public enquiries

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

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada has seized and tested these products from sale and has informed Lion King Health Enterprises that unauthorized health products cannot be sold in Canada.

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