In a recent statement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned a list of so-called natural dietary supplements used to enhance sexual experience in the United States. The ‘natural (Chinese) drugs’ with exotic connotations and attractive labels are sold as sexual boosters but are actually counterfeit products, notes the FDA. All of them were reported to contain a hidden ingredient, sildenafil.
The FDA disapproved the use of these medicines and banned them as counterfeit medications. Manufacturers claimed that these medicines were made from 100% pure natural herbal ingredients with no artificial substance. Super Bull 6000, Libigirl, Power Spring XXX Oral Liquid, Weili or Yi Pao Dao, the Golden Roots, Super Shangai, Ziyinzhuangyang, Shangai Ultra X, were all known as sexual booster supplements; however, all of them failed to live up to the claim of being natural.
In a recently issued statement on their website, the FDA has advised consumers to avoid using these products.
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Super Shangai, a product promoted for sexual enhancement. This product was identified by FDA during an examination of international mail shipments.”
The FDA has also issued similar statements for the above mentioned seven other products on its official website.
Upon digging, the FDA found out that all these supplements contain one common undeclared ingredient sildenafil – the chief ingredient of the FDA-approved sexual-performance enhancer Viagra – a popular remedy to human impotence. Viagra is an oral prescription for erectile dysfunction in men, prescribed under strict recommendations. It works by making the blood flow efficient through the male genital and makes intercourse pleasurable but its use is contraindicated in those who are on nitrate therapy.
Nitrate acts as a vasodilator, most commonly found in pills that control blood pressure. They work by lowering blood pressure level but if sildenafil and these nitrate containing medicines are taken simultaneously, a huge drop in blood pressure will appear which can be proven deadly. Additionally, men with diabetes and high cholesterol are also at potential risk if they are taking these illegal medications.
The FDA banned the use of theses Chinese origin counterfeit medicines because they are misleading people. On interviewing some people on these pills, it is found out that they neither experience anything out of the ordinary nor felt any improvement in their sexual experience. According to another response, nothing out of the blue has been experienced.
Not just the FDA, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) also disapproved these drugs since they pose serious threats to one’s health. The TGA clearly stated that on clinical testing it found out that these drugs contained sildenafil which poses serious threat to cardiac patients. Manufactures tricked the consumers by not mentioning Viagra among other ingredients on the label.
Counterfeit medicines are fake medicines. They either contain no active ingredient or have ingredients with wrong doses. They are considered illegal and pose serious health threat. Companies make counterfeit medicines to increase the rate of their production and supply.
The FDA, on the other hand, has been struggling against the threat of counterfeit drugs in the United States. They have come up with many ways to investigate the reports of these counterfeit products, including building up connections with the US drug supply chain stakeholders to avoid any incident. Besides recognizing potential threat posed by such medicines, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act also provides authorities powers to avoid their production in the country. The recently passed Drug and Security Act provides steps to design an electronic interoperable system to identify and trace such drugs while distribution in United States.
Hence, FDA advised the consumers who have used any of these products or are planning to, to discontinue the use and quit the idea and consult their healthcare provider if they experience any adverse effects. The FDA also encouraged healthcare providers to report any such case through their online MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form. Additionally, the FDA notified that the claims these dietary supplements make, such as they enhance sexual capacity, reduce body weight and build body mass are just a fallacy.