Foreign Product Alert: Black Panther, King of Romance, MMC USA Blue Shark capsules, Viagra 007, beFIT Total Garcinia Cambogia, Fatloss Slimming Beauty, Li Da Dai Dai Hua Slimming Capsule, Slim Forte Slimming Capsule, Superior, Asihuri Plus Forte, Jianbu Huqian Wan, Ginseng She Lian Wan, Pyrola Advanced Joint Formula, Saurean Fong Sep Lin, Niuhuang Jiedu tablets

Starting date:
August 14, 2015
Posting date:
August 14, 2015
Type of communication:
Foreign Product Alert (FPA)
Subcategory:
Drugs, Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Unauthorized products, Undeclared Substance, Important Safety Information
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-54644

Issue

These foreign health products have been found by regulators in other countries to contain undeclared drug ingredients or high levels of heavy metals.

The 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.


Product Name(s) Hazard(s) Identified Source of Alert Other product information,
if available
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Unauthorized Sexual Enhancement Products
Black Panther Undeclared sildenafil United States Food and Drug Administration    Black Panther
King of Romance Undeclared sildenafil United States Food and Drug Administration   King of Romance
MMC USA Blue Shark capsules Undeclared sildenafil Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration Capsules image one of the MMC USA blue shark capsules packaging image of the MMC USA blue shark capsules packaging and capsules image of the MMC USA blue shark capsules blister pack
Viagra 007 Undeclared sildenafil United States Food and Drug Administration   Viagra 007
Unauthorized Weight Loss Products
beFIT Total Garcinia Cambogia Undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein Singapore Health Science Authority   beFIT Total Garcinia Cambogia
Fatloss Slimming Beauty Undeclared sildenafil United States Food and Drug Administration Capsules Fat Loss Slimming
Li Da Dai Dai Hua Slimming Capsule Undeclared sibutramine United States Food and Drug Administration Capsules Li Da Dai Dai Hua Slimming Capsule
Slim Forte Slimming Capsule Undeclared sibutramine United States Food and Drug Administration Capsules Slim Forte Slimming Capsule
Superior Undeclared sibutramine United States Food and Drug Administration   Superior
Unauthorized Pain Relief Products
Asihuri Plus Forte Undeclared dexamethasone and phenylbutazone United States Food and Drug Administration   Asihuri Plus Forte
Jianbu Huqian Wan Undeclared dexamethasone, chlorpheniramine, and furosemide United States Food and Drug Administration   Jianbu Huqian Wan
Ginseng She Lian Wan Undeclared dexamethasone and chlorpheniramine United States Food and Drug Administration   Ginseng She Lian Wan
Saurean Fong Sep Lin Undeclared dexamethasone and cyproheptadine United States Food and Drug Administration   Saurean Fong Sep Lin
Pyrola Advanced Joint Formula Undeclared diclofenac and chlorpheniramine United States Food and Drug Administration  
Other Unauthorized Products
Jiedu tablets, high strength – bottle of 60 Undeclared arsenic Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration Tablets box and bottle of Niuhuang Jiedu tablets

 

What you should do

  • Contact the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate at 1-800-267-9675 if you find a product listed above in the Canadian marketplace.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional if you have health concerns related to the use of any of these products.
  • 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), Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Drug Number (DIN-HM).

Background

Prescription drugs should only be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Arsenic is a heavy metal that poses serious health risks when an excessive amount is ingested because it may accumulate in vital organs of the body.  Children are most susceptible to the toxic effects of heavy metals.  The toxic effects of arsenic include skin and lung cancers, heart and lung diseases, and brain damage. 

Chlorpheniramine is a non-prescription antihistamine drug. Side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, confusion and blurred vision.

Cyproheptadine is a non-prescription antihistamine drug. Side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, confusion and blurred vision.

Dexamethasone is a steroidal prescription drug used to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and allergic reactions. Side effects include irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, stomach ulcer, blood disorders, skin, muscle and bone damage, and nervous system disorders. Consult with your healthcare professional prior to stopping use, as sudden discontinuation of this drug may cause symptoms of withdrawal.

Diclofenac is a prescription drug in the family known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and is used to treat pain, fever and inflammation. Side effects include changes in blood pressure, gastrointestinal disorders (with or without bleeding), anemia, kidney failure, and reduced blood clotting ability.

Furosemide is a prescription diuretic (water pill) used to remove excess fluid from the body. Side effects include changes in electrolytes (specifically potassium), muscle cramps, dizziness, low blood pressure, headache and nausea.

Phenolphthalein was previously used as a laxative but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because it may cause cancer. Additional side effects include decreased blood pressure, skin rash and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Phenylbutazone was previously used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation, but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with bone marrow suppression, which makes the body unable to fight infection.  Additional side effects include reduced blood clotting ability, gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney failure.

Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack and stroke. Other side effects include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and constipation.

Sildenafil is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.  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.

Report health or safety concerns

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

As of August 11, 2015, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the use of these products have been reported to Health Canada.

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