Unauthorized products may pose serious health risks

Starting date:
March 26, 2021
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Drugs, Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Unauthorized products
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-75221

Last updated:

Summary

  • Product: Various unauthorized health products promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, as a workout aid, as “poppers,” or for lightening skin or treating skin conditions (such as eczema or psoriasis).
  • 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, as “poppers,” or for lightening skin or treating skin conditions (such as eczema or psoriasis). These products 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 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

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

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 (MK 2866), ligandrol (LGD-4033) myostine (YK-11), and testolone (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. Desmethyl carbodenafil and dithiodesmethyl carbodenafil, and Hydroxythiohomosildenafil 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.

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
Unauthorized health products
Photo Product & Promoted Use Hazard Identified Company Action Taken Date Added
MYO-CARD MYO-CARD
Workout supplement
Labelled to contain cardarine (GW 501516) Reflex Supplements
7231 120 St.
Delta, B.C.
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
MYO-HGH MYO-HGH
Workout supplement
Labelled to contain ibutamoren (MK-677) Reflex Supplements
7231 120 St.
Delta, B.C.
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
MYO-LGD MYO-LGD
Workout supplement
Labelled to contain ligandrol (LGD-4033) Reflex Supplements
7231 120 St.
Delta, B.C.
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
MYO-STA MYO-STA
Workout supplement
Labelled to contain ostarine (MK-2866) Reflex Supplements
7231 120 St.
Delta, B.C.
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
MYO-TKO Total Knockout MYO-TKO Total Knockout
Workout supplement
Labelled to contain ostarine (MK-2866) Reflex Supplements
7231 120 St.
Delta, B.C.
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Kangaroo Kangaroo
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
12930 97 St
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Poseidon Platinum 10000 Poseidon Platinum 10000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
12930 97 St
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Red Mamba Red Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
12930 97 St
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Kangaroo 2019 Kangaroo 2019
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
10046 163 St NW
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Poseidon Platinum 10000 Poseidon Platinum 10000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
10046 163 St NW
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Red Mamba Red Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
10046 163 St NW
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Sexy Lady Sexy Lady
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
10046 163 St NW
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Kangaroo 2019 Kangaroo 2019
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Kangaroo 2020 Kangaroo 2020
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Poseidon Platinum 10000 Poseidon Platinum 10000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Red Mamba Red Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Sexy Lady Sexy Lady
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location March 26, 2021
Kangaroo Kangaroo
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
10022 100th Ave
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves March 26, 2021
Red Mamba Red Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
10022 100th Ave
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves March 26, 2021
Kangaroo 2020 Kangaroo 2020
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
9914 King St
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves March 26, 2021
Poseidon Platinum 10000 Poseidon Platinum 10000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
9914 King St
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves March 26, 2021
Red Mamba Red Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
9914 King St
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves March 26, 2021
Sexy Lady Sexy Lady
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
9914 King St
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves March 26, 2021
Kangaroo Kangaroo
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, B.C.
Retailer removed the product from shelves March 26, 2021
Poseidon Platinum 10000 Poseidon Platinum 10000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, B.C.
Retailer removed the product from shelves March 26, 2021
Red Mamba Red Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, B.C.
Retailer removed the product from shelves March 26, 2021

 



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