November 05, 2017 – The commercial names are creative, no doubt, and we like particularly “Black Gorilla”. However, time and time again, health authorities all over have to issue foreign product alerts, warning consumers, patients, and the public at large about products that claim to be “all natural” while in fact they are plain and simple fortified, undeclared of course, with powerful prescription drugs. This is fraud at the base of big health related business and voluntarily will harm consumers and patients alike.
The point in case is the latest series of foreign product alert (FPA) communications issued by Health Canada. A first alert was concerned with products by the names of Big N Hard, Black Gorilla, Cummor, Dragon Max, Oh Baby!, Man XXX, Maxman IV, Maxman Premium, Maxman V, Monkey Business, MMC Maxman XI, MME Maxman IX capsules, New Advanced Technological, V9 Male Sexual Stimulant, Real Skill Male Sexual Stimulant, Rize N Shine, Tornado, Xrect, XXXL Penis Enlarging Ointment, Z Daily. From the product names, it will be easy for our readers to conclude at whom these products are targeted, and what the business volume in this area may be worldwide.
Taking into account the seaming worldwide obsession with male performance, it comes as no surprise that such “all natural” products need to be fortified in order to fulfil their (most of times unsubstantiated) promises. As a consequence, they contain undeclared pharmacologically active compounds, such as sildenafil, tadalafil, N-desmethyl tadalafil, levodopa, nortadalafil, descarbonsildenafil, and homosildenafil of unknown quality and unknown dose. Of course, sildenafil and tadalafil are the pharmacologically active ingredients of the prescription drugs Viagra and Cialis, which are used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED); the other, pharmacologically similar compounds are worldwide unauthorised.
While we have used here recent communications by Health Canada as a point in case, we have to be clear about the issue: Consumers, patients, and authorities have to fight permanently fraudulent products appearing on the market with unsubstantiated claims of health and well being. As authorities worldwide fight against dangerous counterfeit and unapproved medical products in the “Operation Pangea“, similar operations are needed in the worldwide fight against counterfeit and fraudulent “all natural products” in the favour of protection of uninformed, or desperate, or hopeless consumers and patients whatever their motivation for craving for “all natural products” or alternative medicines may be.