Foreign product alert (FPA)
- Starting date:
- May 10, 2019
- Type of communication:
- Foreign Product Alert (FPA)
- Miscellaneous, Drugs
- Source of recall:
- Health Canada
- Undeclared Substance
- General Public
- Identification number:
These foreign health products have been found by regulators in the United States, Singapore and Australia to contain undeclared drug ingredients which may pose serious health risks.
These products are not authorized for sale in Canada and have not been found in the Canadian marketplace, but it is possible they may have been brought into the country by travellers or purchased over the Internet.
|Product name||Hazard identified||Details||Photo|
|5K||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|AB Slim||Undeclared sibutramine, phenolphthalein and sildenafil||Weight loss capsules|
|Adipotrim XT||Undeclared phenolphthalein||Weight loss capsules|
|Adriana Balance S||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|African Superman||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement tablets|
|African Viagra||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement pills|
|Asunsa||Undeclared sibutramine, N-desmethylsibutramine, benzylsibutramine, phenolphthalein and diclofenac||Weight loss sachets|
|Baschi Quick Slimming Capsule||Undeclared sibutramine and N-desmethylsibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Best Candy||Undeclared nortadalafil||Energy booster candy|
|Black Rhino 25000||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Black Stallion 35000||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Body Shape Weight Loss System||Undeclared phenolphthalein||Weight loss capsules|
|BodySlim Herbal||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Boss Rhino 15000||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Botanical Slimming||Undeclared adulterant||Weight loss capsules|
|C.U. Plus||Undeclared sildenafil and tadalafil||Sexual enhancement|
|Chong Cao Qiang Shen Wang||Undeclared sildenafil||Grains|
|Dale Mas||Undeclared sildenafil and tadalafil||Sexual enhancement|
|Ding Ji Wei Ge||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement|
|Easy 2 Slim||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Extenze Nutritional||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Extenze Plus||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Jimpness Fat Loss Slimming Beauty||Undeclared sibutramine andphenolphthalein||Weight loss|
|FRUTA Bio||Undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein||Weight loss capsules|
|FRUTA Planta||Undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein||Weight loss capsules|
|FX75000||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Gold Rhino 25000||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Gold Viagra||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement|
|Grakcu Capsule||Undeclared sildenafil and tadalafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Green Lean Body Capsule||Undeclared sibutramine and N-desmethylsibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|In Shape||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|JIANFEIJINDAN Activity Girl||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Krazzy Rhino 25000||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Lean Extreme Max||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Lyn DTOX FS3||Undeclared sibutramine and N-desmethylsibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Magic Slim||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Maxidus||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Maximum Powerful||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement|
|Meizi Evolution||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Meizitang Strong Version||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Nuvitra||Undeclared sibutramine and fluoxetine||Weight loss|
|On Demand||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Panther Power Platinum 11000||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|PAYA Dietary Supplement Product||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Platinum Maximum Strength Blue Pill Version||Undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein||Weight loss capsules|
|Platinum Rhino 25000||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|PremierZen Gold 4000||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|ProSolution||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement tablets|
|Row of Antibody Pil||Undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein||Weight loss pills|
|Shengan Natural Model||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss|
|Slim Body||Undeclared adulterant||Weight loss|
|Slim Evolution||Undeclared diclofenac||Weight loss capsules|
|Slim Xtreme||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|SlimEasy Herbs||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Slimming Capsule||Undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein||Weight loss capsules|
|Slimming Plus Advanced Weight Loss||Undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein||Weight loss capsules|
|Strong Horses||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Super Fat Burning Bomb||Undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein||Weight loss capsules|
|USA for Women||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement|
|V-Max||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement tablets|
|X-treme Beauty Slim||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|XXXPlosion||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement|
|XXXPlosion Ultra||Undeclared sildenafil||Sexual enhancement|
|Health Science Authority - Singapore|
|AUSBEE AUSTRALIA AUSBEE Herbal||
chloramphenicol, chlorpheniramine, ibuprofen
|Pil Raja Urat Asli||Undeclared dexamethasone|
|SHEN LOON SHE EDOLY||Undeclared dexamethasone and chlorpheniramine||Capsules|
|Sparkle Twins||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss sachets|
|XXS xtraxtrasmall||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Therapeutic Goods Administration - Australia|
|Big Penis U.S.A.||Undeclared sildenafil and chloramphenicol||Sexual enhancement tablets|
|Bulbao Male Enhancer||Undeclared sildenafil, tadalafil and yohimbine||Sexual enhancement tablets|
|Chapter Plus+||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|G Female||Undeclared sildenafil||Tablets|
|Germany Niubian||Undeclared sildenafil||Tablets|
|Hypnotic poisom capsules||
sibutramine and phenolphthalein
|Lanky Genuine||Undeclared sibutramine and phenolpthalein||Capsules|
|Li Da||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Liangzern Dietary Supplements||Undeclared sildenafil||Weight loss tablets|
|Lishou Strong Slimming capsule||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
|Meltz - Instant Energy For Males||Undeclared vardenafil||Tablets|
|Mutant YK-11 Capsules||Undeclared tadalafil||Capsules|
|Platinum Male Enhancer||Undeclared sildenafil and sulfoaildenafil||Sexual enhancement capsules|
|Rhino 8 Platinum 8000 capsules||Undeclared sildenafil||Capsules|
|Solve Botanical Slimming capsules||Undeclared furosemide (frusemide), phenolphthalein and paracetamol||Weight loss capsules|
|You Slim'xs capsules||Undeclared sibutramine||Weight loss capsules|
What you should do
- Contact Health Canada at 1-800-267-9675 or by completing an online complaint form if you find a product listed above in the Canadian marketplace.
- Consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns related to the use of any of these products.
- Read the label of the products you buy to verify that they have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality. Health products that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Drug Number (DIN-HM).
Prescription drugs should only be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Chloramphenicol is a prescription antibiotic drug. Side effects include abdominal pain, allergic reactions, and bone marrow failure (aplastic anemia).
- Chlorpheniramine is a non-prescription antihistamine drug. Side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, confusion and blurred vision.
- Dexamethasone is a steroidal prescription drug used to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and allergic reactions. Side effects include irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, stomach ulcer, blood disorders, skin, muscle and bone damage, and nervous system disorders. Consult with your healthcare professional before stopping use, as sudden discontinuation may cause symptoms of withdrawal.
- Diclofenac is an oral prescription drug in the family known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and is used to treat pain, fever and inflammation. Side effects include changes in blood pressure, gastrointestinal disorders (with or without bleeding), anemia, kidney failure and reduced blood clotting ability.
- Fluoxetine is a prescription drug used to treat depression. Side effects include headache, sleeping problems, anxiety, nausea, loss of appetite and excessive sweating.
- Furosemide is a diuretic (water pill) prescription drug used to remove excess fluid from the body. Side effects include changes in electrolytes (specifically potassium), muscle cramps, dizziness, low blood pressure, headache and nausea.
- Ibuprofen is a (prescription and/or non-prescription) drug in the family known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and is used to treat pain, fever and inflammation. Side effects include changes in blood pressure, gastrointestinal disorders (with or without bleeding), anemia, kidney failure and reduced blood clotting ability.
- Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is an ingredient used in both non-prescription and prescription drugs to treat fever and pain. Long-term use of high doses of acetaminophen may cause serious liver damage.
- Phenolphthalein was previously used as a laxative but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because it may cause cancer. Additional side effects include decreased blood pressure, skin rash and gastrointestinal bleeding.
- Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack and stroke. Other side effects include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and constipation.
- Sildenafil,Tadalafil and Vardenafil are prescription drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. They 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 side effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss.
- Tetracycline is a prescription antibiotic drug. Side effects include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, light-headedness, dizziness, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Other side effects include red rash on sun-exposed skins, and liver and kidney injuries. Tetracycline is also associated with permanent teeth discolouration and delayed bone growth in young children.
- Yohimbine is a prescription drug used to treat abnormal blood pressure. Side effects include abnormal blood pressure and heartbeat, anxiety, tremors, headache, nausea and sleep disorders.
Report a health or safety concern
To report a side effect to a health product to Health Canada:
- Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
- Visit Health Canada's Web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax
As of April 3, 2019, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the use of these products have been reported to Health Canada.
For more information
- Adulteration of natural health products
- Buying drugs over the Internet
- The safe use of health products for weight loss
- Risks of buying natural health products online
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