Unauthorized products may pose serious health risks

Starting date:
February 10, 2020
Posting date:
February 19, 2020
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Drugs, Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Unauthorized products, Important Safety Information
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-72293

Last updated:

Summary

  • Product: Various unauthorized health products promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, as a workout aid, or as “poppers”.
  • Issue: Products may contain dangerous ingredients such as prescription drugs that are not listed on the label, or the label may indicate a dangerous ingredient or combination of ingredients. 
  • What to do: Stop using these products and consult your healthcare professional if you have health concerns. Report these or any unauthorized health products to Health Canada.

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 care 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 health 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

Ephedrine/Ephedra (and its alkaloids) is a drug and a stimulant. The use of products containing ephedrine/ephedra is not recommended in people with heart problems, hypertension, thyroid disease, diabetes, enlarged prostate, anxiety and restlessness, glaucoma (serious eye disorder) and pheochromocytoma (serious gland disorder) because ephedra/ephedrine aggravates these conditions. These products should also be avoided during pregnancy and lactation. Ephedrine/Ephedra (and its alkaloids) taken in combination with caffeine can cause symptoms ranging from dizziness, tremors, headaches and irregularities in heart rate to seizures, psychosis, heart attack and stroke.

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. Hydroxythiohomosildenafil and thiodimethylsildenafil are unauthorized substances that are similar to sildenafil and may pose similar health risks.

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) since 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. Aminotadalafil is an unauthorized substance that is similar to tadalafil and may pose similar health risks.

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

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
Shark 5k Shark 5k
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Maple Convenience Store #2, 373 Colborne St., Brantford, ON Seized from retail location February 19, 2020
Spanish Fly 22,000 Spanish Fly 22,000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Maple Convenience Store #2, 373 Colborne St., Brantford, ON Seized from retail location February 19, 2020
White Panther White Panther
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Maple Convenience Store #2, 373 Colborne St., Brantford, ON Seized from retail location February 19, 2020
X Panther Premium X Panther Premium
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Maple Convenience Store #2, 373 Colborne St., Brantford, ON Seized from retail location February 19, 2020
Titanium 4000 Titanium 4000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Maple Convenience Store #2, 373 Colborne St., Brantford, ON Seized from retail location February 19, 2020
Jaguar 30000 Jaguar 30000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Maple Convenience Store #2, 373 Colborne St., Brantford, ON Seized from retail location February 19, 2020
Spanish Fly 20,000 Spanish Fly 20,000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Telly's Variety Store
775 Colborne St,
Brantford, ON
Seized from retail location February 19, 2020
Alien Power Platinum 11000 Alien Power Platinum 11000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Telly's Variety Store
775 Colborne St,
Brantford, ON
Seized from retail location February 19, 2020
Rhino 25 Platinum 25000 Rhino 25 Platinum 25000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil Telly's Variety Store
775 Colborne St,
Brantford, ON
Seized from retail location February 19, 2020
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 Telly's Variety Store
775 Colborne St,
Brantford, ON
Seized from retail location February 19, 2020
Methyldrene 25 Methyldrene 25
Weight loss
Labelled to contain ephedra and caffeine, and yohimbine Pump'd Supplements & Smoothies
12 Commerce Park Drive
Barrie, ON
Seized from the retail location February 17, 2020
Nitraflex Nitraflex
Workout supplement
Labelled to contain rauwolfia Pump'd Supplements & Smoothies
12 Commerce Park Drive
Barrie, ON
Seized from the retail location February 17, 2020
Nitraflex + C Nitraflex + C
Workout supplement
Labelled to contain rauwolfia Pump'd Supplements & Smoothies
12 Commerce Park Drive
Barrie, ON
Seized from the retail location February 17, 2020
Yohimbe HCL Yohimbe HCL
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbine Pump'd Supplements & Smoothies
12 Commerce Park Drive
Barrie, ON
Seized from the retail location February 17, 2020
Alien Power Platinum 1100
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Forbidden Pleasures
871 Chemong Rd.,
Peterborough, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Kangaroo
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil Forbidden Pleasures
871 Chemong Rd.,
Peterborough, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Master Zone 1500
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Forbidden Pleasures
871 Chemong Rd.,
Peterborough, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
ResERECTION
(Blister)
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Forbidden Pleasures
871 Chemong Rd.,
Peterborough, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Rhino
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain amino tadalafil Forbidden Pleasures
871 Chemong Rd.,
Peterborough, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Super Panther 7K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Forbidden Pleasures
871 Chemong Rd.,
Peterborough, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Triple Green
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Forbidden Pleasures
871 Chemong Rd.,
Peterborough, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
VIP GO Rhino Gold 69K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe bark extract Forbidden Pleasures
871 Chemong Rd.,
Peterborough, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
2000 Ginseng Red
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
3800 Hard Rock
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
7K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Lollipop
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil, tadalafil and yohimbine Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Magnum XXL 25K
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging was tested by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration
and found to contain tadalafil
Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Master Zone 1500
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Premium Pro Power 3500
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Premium X Pulse 2000
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Rhino 7 Platinum 5000
Sexual enhancement  
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and yohimbine. Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Stiff Rox
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Thunder Bull
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Triple Green
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
Vigar X
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
White Panther
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020
XXL Ant 3000
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Hasty Market
670 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 1&2,
Toronto, ON
Seized from the retail location February 10, 2020

 



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