Foreign Product Alerts: MME Naturally Maxman capsules, Blue Fantasy capsules, African Superman tablets, and MosKa - energy for adults

Starting date:
July 16, 2014
Posting date:
July 16, 2014
Type of communication:
Foreign Product Alert (FPA)
Subcategory:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Source of alert:

Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration

Issue:
Undeclared Substance
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-40541

Introduction

These products are not authorized for sale in Canada and have not been found in the Canadian marketplace, but it is possible they may have been brought into the country by travellers or purchased over the Internet.

Affected products

  • MME Naturally Maxman capsules
  • Blue Fantasy capsules
  • African Superman tablets
  • MosKa - energy for adults

MME Naturally Maxman capsules and Blue Fantasy capsules

Product description

These products are promoted for sexual enhancement.

Hazard identified

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) warned consumers not to use these products after they were found to contain sildenafil.

  • Sildenafil is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Place of origin

Unknown

Side effects

Sildenafil should not 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 are at increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat.  Other side effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss.

African Superman tablets

Product description

This product is promoted for sexual enhancement.

Hazard identified

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) warned consumers not to use this product after it was found to contain sildenafil, tadalafil, and glibenclamide.

  • Sildenafil and tadalafil are prescription drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction and should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
  • Glibenclamide (also known as glyburide) is a prescription drug used to treat diabetes.  It should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Place of origin

Unknown

Side effects

Sildenafil and tadalafil should not 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 are at increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat.  Other side effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss.

Side effects associated with glibenclamide include severe low blood sugar which may cause sweating, paleness, chills, headache, dizziness and confusion.

MosKa - energy for adults

Product description

This product is promoted for sexual enhancement.

Hazard identified

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) warned consumers not to use this product after it was found to contain vardenafil.

  • Vardenafil is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Place of origin

Unknown

Side effects

Vardenafil should not 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 are at increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat.  Other side effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss.

What you should do

Health Canada advises Canadians to contact the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate at 1-800-267-9675 if they find the products listed above in the Canadian marketplace.

Canadians who have these products are advised not to use them, and should consult with a healthcare professional if they have concerns about their health related to the use of these products.

Background

Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers indicate that the products have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.

As of May 15, 2014, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the use of these products have been reported to Health Canada.

Report a health or safety concern

To report a side effect to a health product to Health Canada:

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

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