Unauthorized products may pose serious health risks

Starting date:
June 5, 2018
Posting date:
August 3, 2018
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Unauthorized products
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-66890

Issue

Health Canada is advising Canadians about unauthorized health products that may pose serious health risks. The table below is updated when Health Canada finds unauthorized health products that are promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, as a workout aid, or as “poppers,” and that are labelled to contain or have been tested and found to contain dangerous ingredients. Links to previous tables with affected products are also available below.

Unauthorized health products have not been approved by Health Canada, which means that they have not been assessed for safety, effectiveness and quality. Unauthorized health products can pose many health dangers, including:

  • They may contain ingredients not listed on the label. This includes ingredients like prescription drugs, possibly at doses exceeding maximum recommended amounts. Prescription drugs should be taken only under the supervision of a health professional because they may cause serious side effects. Using a product that contains ingredients that the consumer is not aware of increases the chance of dangerous allergies and interactions with other medications and foods.
  • The label may indicate a dangerous ingredient or combination of ingredients. For example, it could list a drug that should be available only by prescription from a heath care professional, or a combination of ingredients that Health Canada does not permit because of serious health risks.

Health Canada maintains this page so that Canadians can easily identify products they may have purchased and take appropriate action. Canadians are encouraged to check back regularly for updates. Advisories on safety issues involving other types of products are available in the recalls and safety alerts database.

What you should do

  • Stop using the products listed below. Consult your health care professional if you have used these products and have health concerns, and for advice on which health products are best for you and your family.
  • Read product labels to verify that health products have been authorized for sale by Health Canada. Authorized health products have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Drug Number (DIN-HM). You can also check if products have been authorized for sale by searching Health Canada’s Drug Product Database and Licensed Natural Health Product Database.
  • Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada.
  • See the additional information on buying health products safely in the helpful links below.

What companies should know:

  • Selling unauthorized health products in Canada is illegal.
  • When Health Canada identifies unauthorized products that may pose serious health risks, Health Canada takes appropriate action to prevent further distribution and informs Canadians. This includes working with the Canada Border Services Agency to help prevent further importation of unauthorized products.

Background

Desmethyl carbodenafil is an unauthorized substance similar to sildenafil and may pose similar health risks.

Dithiodesmethyl carbodenafil is an unauthorized substance similar to sildenafil and may pose similar health risks.

L-Dopa, also known as levodopa, is a prescription drug that is combined with other drug ingredients in anti-Parkinson's medications. It should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. Levodopa may interact with drugs prescribed for high blood pressure, and should not be used by women who are pregnant, who plan to become pregnant or who are breastfeeding. It should also not be taken by people with narrow angle glaucoma; untreated heart, liver, kidney, lung or hormonal diseases; a history of melanoma; or those who should not take drugs such as isoproterenol, amphetamines or epinephrine. Side effects requiring medical attention include: uncontrollable movements of the face, eyelids, mouth, tongue, neck, arms, hands, or legs; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; an irregular heartbeat or fluttering in the chest; feeling lightheaded when standing quickly; or unusual changes in mood or behaviour.

Rauwolfia (also known as rauvolfia) is a prescription drug that can be used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). People with heart conditions or psychiatric disorders should receive close medical supervision when using it as it can make certain conditions, such as depression, worse. Common side effects include tiredness, sleepiness, depression, nasal obstruction and breathlessness. Rauwolfia should not be used by children, or pregnant or nursing women.

Sildenafil is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. It 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 possible side effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss.

Tadalafil is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. It 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 possible side effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss.

Yohimbine is a prescription drug and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. Yohimbine is derived from yohimbe, a bark extract. The use of yohimbine or yohimbe may result in serious adverse reactions, particularly in people with high blood pressure, or heart, kidney or liver disease. Side effects include increased blood pressure and heart rate, anxiety, dizziness, tremors, headache, nausea and sleep disorders. It should not be used by children, or pregnant or nursing women.

Affected products

See table here. Links to previous tables with affected products are also available below.

Product description

Unauthorized health products
Photo Product &
Promoted Use
Hazard Identified Company Action Taken Date Added

51 50

51 50
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauvolfia

Atomik Nutrition
450 boul. de Mortagne,
Boucherville, QC

Seized from the retail location

August 9, 2018

Insane Labz Psychotic

Insane Labz Psychotic
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Atomik Nutrition
450 boul. de Mortagne,
Boucherville, QC

Seized from the retail location

August 9, 2018

NutraKey Yohimbine

NutraKey Yohimbine
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Atomik Nutrition
450 boul. de Mortagne,
Boucherville, QC

Seized from the retail location

August 9, 2018

Manson

Manson
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Atomik Nutrition
450 boul. de Mortagne,
Boucherville, QC

Seized from the retail location

August 9, 2018

Psychotic Gold

Psychotic Gold
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Atomik Nutrition
450 boul. de Mortagne,
Boucherville, QC

Seized from the retail location

August 9, 2018

Sidewalk Kraka

Sidewalk Kraka
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Atomik Nutrition
450 boul. de Mortagne,
Boucherville, QC

Seized from the retail location

August 9, 2018

Redrum

Redrum
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

Total War

Total War
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

1MR

1MR
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

51 50

51 50
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

American Sportz Nutrition iNsanity

American Sportz Nutrition iNsanity
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

American Sportz Nutrition Yohimbe

American Sportz Nutrition Yohimbe
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

Animal Test

Animal Test
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

C4 Original (180 g)

C4 Original (180 g)
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain mucuna pruriens seed extract (standardized for L-dopa)

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

C4 Original (360 g)

C4 Original (360 g)
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain mucuna pruriens seed extract (standardized for L-dopa)

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

GAT Sport Nitraflex

GAT Sport Nitraflex
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

Hyde

Hyde
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

HyperDrive 3.0

HyperDrive 3.0
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized at the retail location

August 3, 2018

Insane Labz Psychotic

Insane Labz Psychotic
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized at the retail location

August 3, 2018

Jack3d

Jack3d
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

Metabolic Nutrition Synedrex

Metabolic Nutrition Synedrex
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized at the retail location

August 3, 2018

Nubreed  Nutrition Whiplash

Nubreed Nutrition Whiplash
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

NutraKey Yohimbine

NutraKey Yohimbine
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized at the retail location

August 3, 2018

Reactr

Reactr
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

Universal GH Stack

Universal GH Stack
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain mucuna pruriens extract (standardized for L-dopa)

Edge Nutrition
7405 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor, ON

Seized from the retail location

August 3, 2018

Max-Vigor for Men

Max-Vigor for Men
Sexual enhancement

Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain tadalafil

The Nutrition House
240 Leighland Avenue, Oakville, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Rhino 99 Extreme 90000

Rhino 99 Extreme 90000
Sexual enhancement

Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil

Westwood Convenience
7205 Goreway Drive Mississauga, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Rhinozen Power Extreme 40K

Rhinozen Power Extreme 40K
Sexual enhancement

Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil

Westwood Convenience
7205 Goreway Drive Mississauga, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

S.W.A.G. Platinum 15K

S.W.A.G. Platinum 15K
Sexual enhancement

Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil

Westwood Convenience
7205 Goreway Drive Mississauga, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Triple PowerZEN Gold 5000mg

Triple PowerZEN Gold 5000mg
Sexual enhancement

Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil

Westwood Convenience
7205 Goreway Drive Mississauga, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

7K

7K
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

3800 Hard Rock

3800 Hard Rock
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Black Dragon Extreme 15K

Black Dragon Extreme 15K
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Black Mamba 7000

Black Mamba 7000
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Black Panther Gold 30K

Black Panther Gold 30K
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Black Stallion Platinum 30K

Black Stallion Platinum 30K
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Crazy Rhino Premium 50K

Crazy Rhino Premium 50K
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Ginseng Red 2000

Ginseng Red 2000
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Jaguar 30000

Jaguar 30000
Sexual Enhancement

Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailers was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Master Zone 1500

Master Zone 1500
Sexual Enhancement

Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailers was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Premium Pro Power 3500

Premium Pro Power 3500
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Premium XPulse 2000

Premium XPulse 2000
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Premier Zen Extreme 3000 Red

Premier Zen Extreme 3000 Red
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Premier Zen Gold 4000

Premier Zen Gold 4000
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Premier Zen Black 5000

Premier Zen Black 5000
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Premier Zen Platinum 5000

Premier Zen Platinum 5000
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Rhino 8 Extreme

Rhino 8 Extreme
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Rhino 25 Extreme 15K

Rhino 25 Extreme 15K
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Royal Master

Royal Master
Sexual Enhancement

Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailer was tested and found to contain tadalafil

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Rush Hour 72

Rush Hour 72
Sexual Enhancement

Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailers was tested and found to contain sildenafil, tadalafil, desmethyl carbodenafil, and dithiodesmethyl carbodenafil

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Stiff Rox

Stiff Rox
Sexual Enhancement

Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailers was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Thunder Bull Triple Maximum

Thunder Bull Triple Maximum
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Vanpak Ltd.
1589 The Queensway Suite 4, Etobicoke, ON

Seized from the retail location

July 19, 2018

Yohim-B-activ

Promatrix Yohim-B Active
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Fix Santé
3500 Boul Matte #218, Brossard, QC

Seized from the retail location

June 14, 2018

Plasmajet

Plasmajet
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Shop Santé

Locations:

1502 chemin Gascon, Terrebonne, QC

371 rue Lamontagne, St-Jérôme, QC

6185 boulevard Taschereau, Brossard, QC

84 Boulevard Industriel, Repentigny, QC

Vita Plus 
90 Boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Local 102 Chateauguay, QC

Seized from the retail location

June 5, 2018

Vita Plus added June 8, 2018

Animal Test

Animal Test
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Shop Santé

Locations:

1502 chemin Gascon, Terrebonne, QC

329, boul. Saint-Martin Ouest, Laval, QC

371 rue Lamontagne, St-Jérôme, QC

6185 boulevard Taschereau, Brossard, QC

84 Boulevard Industriel, Repentigny, QC

Seized from the retail location

June 5, 2018

NutraKey Yohimbine HCl

NutraKey Yohimbine HCl
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbine

Shop Santé

Locations:

1502 chemin Gascon, Terrebonne, QC

6185 boulevard Taschereau, Brossard, QC

Seized from the retail location

June 5, 2018

51 50

51 50
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Shop Santé

84 Boulevard Industriel, Repentigny, QC

Vita Plus 
4896 Boul. des Forges Trois-Rivières, QC
 
Vita Plus 
90 Boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Local 102 Chateauguay, QC 

Seized from the retail location

June 5, 2018

Vita Plus added June 8, 2018

I am God

I am God
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Shop Santé

Locations:

6185 boulevard Taschereau, Brossard, QC

84 Boulevard Industriel, Repentigny, QC

Vita Plus 
90 Boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Local 102 Chateauguay, QC 

Seized from the retail location

June 5, 2018

Vita Plus added June 8, 2018

Psychotic

Psychotic
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Shop Santé

84 Boulevard Industriel, Repentigny, QC

Vita Plus 
90 Boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Local 102 Chateauguay, QC 

Seized from the retail location

June 5, 2018

Vita Plus added June 8, 2018

Nuclear

Nuclear
Workout supplement

Labelled to contain rauwolfia

Shop Santé

84 Boulevard Industriel, Repentigny, QC

Seized from the retail location

June 5, 2018

Lipo6 Black

Lipo6 Black
Weight loss

Labelled to contain yohimbine and rauwolfia

Shop Santé

329, boul. Saint-Martin Ouest, Laval, QC

Seized from the retail location

June 5, 2018

 


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