Unauthorized products may pose serious health risks


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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 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

Flibanserin is a prescription drug used to treat hypoactive (low) sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women who have not had problems with low sexual desire in the past and should only be used under the supervision of a health care professional.Women should not take flibanserin if they have liver problems, are pregnant or breastfeeding, if they are taking certain other medicines, or if they have low blood pressure and drink alcohol. Common side effects include dizziness, sleepiness, nausea and tiredness. Serious side effects include fainting, low blood pressure, abnormally fast heartbeat, and mental health changes such as dissociation from reality, hallucination, intensely excited mood and racing thoughts. The risk of side effects increases with the amount taken (dose).

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

Affected products

Product description

Unauthorized health products
Photo Product &
Promoted Use
Hazard Identified Company Action Taken Date Added
Alien Power Platinum 11000 Alien Power Platinum 11000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain tadalafil

Forbidden Pleasures

Locations:

91 George St. N, Market Plaza,
Peterborough ON

871 Chemong Rd
Peterborough, ON

1268 Simcoe St. North
Oshawa, ON

Seized from the retail location August 12, 2019
Alpha Man Extreme 3000 Alpha Man Extreme 3000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil

Forbidden Pleasures

91 George St. N, Market Plaza
Peterborough ON

Seized from the retail location August 12, 2019
Jaguar 25000 Jaguar 25000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain tadalafil

Forbidden Pleasures

91 George St. N, Market Plaza,
Peterborough ON

Seized from the retail location August 12, 2019
Kangaroo Ultra 3000 Kangaroo Ultra 3000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain flibanserin

Forbidden Pleasures

91 George St. N, Market Plaza,
Peterborough ON

Seized from the retail location August 12, 2019
Lucky Lady Lucky Lady
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain tadalafil

Forbidden Pleasures

91 George St. N, Market Plaza,
Peterborough ON

Seized from the retail location August 12, 2019
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain tadalafil

Forbidden Pleasures

Locations:

91 George St. N, Market Plaza,
Peterborough ON

871 Chemong Rd
Peterborough, ON

1268 Simcoe St. North
Oshawa, ON

Seized from the retail location August 12, 2019
Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailer was tested and found to contain tadalafil

Big Bee Convenience

215 King St W.
Hamilton, ON

Seized from the retail location August 12, 2019
Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailer was tested and found to contain tadalafil

Convenience Plus Video

385 Dawes Rd
East York, ON

Seized from the retail location August 12, 2019
Rhino 88 Platinum 8000 Rhino 88 Platinum 8000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil

Forbidden Pleasures

91 George St N, Market Plaza,
Peterborough ON

Seized from the retail location August 12, 2019

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