Unauthorized products may pose serious health risks (May 17, 2019 - Part 1)

Starting date:
May 17, 2019
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Unauthorized products
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-69975

Last updated:

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

Cardarine (also known as GW501516 and possibly GW1516), MK-677 and SR-9009 are not authorized in Canada for any use and may pose serious health risks. All clinical development of GW501516 was stopped when toxicities, including various cancers, were discovered following routine, long-term animal studies. The long-term effects in humans are unknown.

Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) is a drug that is not authorized for use in Canada. Side effects include high blood pressure, shortness of breath, chest pain, stroke and psychiatric disorders.

Chloramphenicol is a prescription antibiotic drug. It is associated with a rare risk of aplastic anemia, a serious blood disorder that can be fatal. This reaction is unpredictable and not related to a specific dose of chloramphenicol. Other side effects include allergic reactions in people who have sensitivity to the medication, and effects on the bone marrow leading to decreased blood cells. The drug should not be used by pregnant or nursing women.

"Poppers" is a slang term for products that contain alkyl nitrites. Despite being labelled for various uses such as leather cleaners, room odourizers or liquid incense, these products are inhaled or ingested by consumers for recreational purposes. Alkyl nitrites, such as amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite and isobutyl nitrite, are prescription drugs and should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Products containing alkyl nitrites may pose serious risks, including death, depending on the amount used, how frequently they are used and how long they are used for, as well as the person's health and the other medications they may be taking. Since it is difficult to control how much is inhaled, people can accidentally overdose. Swallowing these products can lead to serious medical complications and may be fatal. People with certain medical conditions (including recent head trauma, bleeding into the head, glaucoma, or heart disease) and those taking certain medications (particularly drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction, and other drugs such as high blood pressure medications, certain migraine drugs, and high doses of aspirin) or illicit drugs are at particular risk.

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.

Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) are drugs that are not authorized in Canada for any use and have not been reviewed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality. The use of bodybuilding products that contain SARMs can pose serious health risks such as heart attack, stroke and liver damage. The long-term effects on the body are unknown. Examples include andarine, ostarine, LDG-4033, YK-11, and RAD-140.

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. The following are unauthorized substances that are similar to sildenafil and may pose similar health risks: desmethyl carbodenafil, dithiodesmethyl carbodenafil, homosildenafil, hydroxythiohomosildenafil, and thiosildenafil.

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 Part 1 below and Part 2. 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
7K 7K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe 2 Night Adult Movies and Toys
1811 Lawrence Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Jungle Juice Platinum Jungle Juice Platinum
Poppers
Product with similar packaging previously seized was labelled to contain alkyl nitrites 2 Night Adult Movies and Toys
1811 Lawrence Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Rodeo Fantasy Rodeo Fantasy
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe 2 Night Adult Movies and Toys
1811 Lawrence Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Rush Rush
Poppers
Product with similar packaging previously seized was labelled to contain alkyl nitrites 2 Night Adult Movies and Toys
1811 Lawrence Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Triple Green Triple Green
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe 2 Night Adult Movies and Toys
1811 Lawrence Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
White Panther White Panther
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe 2 Night Adult Movies and Toys
1811 Lawrence Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Gold Rush Original Gold Rush Original
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Green Mamba Green Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Jungle Juice Platinum Jungle Juice Platinum
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Kamagra 100 Gold Kamagra 100 Gold
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain sildenafil Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Libi Prince Libi Prince
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Nitro Supra Nitro Supra
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Passion Classic Passion Classic
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Poseidon Platinum 3500 Poseidon Platinum 3500
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Real Gold Real Gold
Poppers
Labelled to contain alkyl nitrite Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Rising Phoenix 5K Rising Phoenix 5K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Shark 5K Shark 5K
Sexual Enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Silagra 100 Silagra 100
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain sildenafil Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Super Rush Original Super Rush Original
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
White Panther White Panther
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Adult Store
2365 Eglinton Ave East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
3800 Hard Rock 3800 Hard Rock
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Daisy Mart
2300 Eglinton Ave. E.
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Black Mamba Premium 18000 Black Mamba Premium 18000
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Daisy Mart
2300 Eglinton Ave. E.
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Black Panther #1Triple Maximum Black Panther #1Triple Maximum
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Daisy Mart
2300 Eglinton Ave. E.
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Ginseng Red 2000 Ginseng Red 2000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil Daisy Mart
2300 Eglinton Ave. E.
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Premium Pro Power 3500 Premium Pro Power 3500
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil

Daisy Mart
2300 Eglinton Ave. E.
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Rush Hour 72 Rush Hour 72
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil, tadalafil, desmethyl carbodenafil, and dithiodesmethyl carbodenafil Daisy Mart
2300 Eglinton Ave. E.
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
XXLant 3000 XXLant 3000
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Daisy Mart
2300 Eglinton Ave. E.
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Ginseng Red 2000 Ginseng Red 2000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil Family Supermarket
2304 Eglinton Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Horny Goat Weed Horny Goat Weed
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Family Supermarket
2304 Eglinton Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Premium X Pulse 1300 Premium X Pulse 1300
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Family Supermarket
2304 Eglinton Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Premium X Pulse 1500 Premium X Pulse 1500
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Family Supermarket
2304 Eglinton Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Premium X Pulse 2000 Premium X Pulse 2000
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Family Supermarket
2304 Eglinton Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
XXLant 3000 XXLant 3000
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Family Supermarket
2304 Eglinton Avenue East
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
7K 7K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Jaguar 11000 Jaguar 11000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Amsterdam Amsterdam
Poppers
Product with similar packaging previously seized was labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Amsterdam Gold Label Amsterdam Gold Label
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Amsterdam Platinum Amsterdam Platinum
Poppers
Labelled to contain alkyl nitrite Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Black Ant King Black Ant King
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging tested by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration was found to contain undeclared sildenafil and chloramphenicol Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Black Stallion 5000 Black Stallion 5000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil, tadalafiland homosildenafil Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Blue Boy Blue Boy
Poppers
Product with similar packaging previously seized was labelled to contain alkyl nitrites Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Crypt Tonight Crypt Tonight
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Ecstasy Pop Ecstasy Pop
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
English Royale English Royale
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Forta for Men Forta for Men
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain tadalafil Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
FX 12000 FX 12000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Gold Rush Original Gold Rush Original
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Green Mamba Green Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Heavy Duty Bolt Heavy Duty Bolt
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Jungle Juice Black Label Jungle Juice Black Label
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Jungle Juice Gold Label Jungle Juice Gold Label
Poppers
Labelled to contain alkyl nitrite Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Jungle Juice Platinum Jungle Juice Platinum
Poppers
Product with similar packaging previously seized was labelled to contain alkyl nitrites Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Jungle Juice Platinum Black Jungle Juice Platinum Black
Poppers
Product with similar packaging previously seized was labelled to contain alkyl nitrites Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Locker Room Original Locker Room Original
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Mr. Wonderful Mr. Wonderful
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
MV7 Days 2000 MV7 Days 2000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
MV7 Days 3500 MV7 Days 3500
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Passion Classic Passion Classic
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Poseidon Platinum 3500 Poseidon Platinum 3500
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Real Gold Real Gold
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Red Lips Premium Red Lips Premium
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
ResErection (bottle) ResErection (bottle)
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
ResErection (capsule) ResErection (capsule)
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Rhino 25 Titanium 8000 Rhino 25 Titanium 8000
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Rising Phoenix 5K Rising Phoenix 5K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Rochfort Rochfort
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Rush Rush
Poppers
Product with similar packaging previously seized was labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (alkyl nitrites) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Stamina 7 Stamina 7
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil and thiosildenafil Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Stiff Rox Stiff Rox
Sexual enhancement

Product with similar packaging previously seized was tested and found to contain sildenafil

Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Super Rush Super Rush
Poppers
Product with similar packaging previously seized was labelled to contain alkyl nitrites Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Super Rush Black Label Super Rush Black Label
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite (an alkyl nitrite) Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Thunder Bull Thunder Bull
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
Wet XXX Triple Maximum Wet XXX Triple Maximum
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019
White Panther Triple Maximum White Panther Triple Maximum
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Homerama Adult Video
2524 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON
Seized from the retail location May 17, 2019


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