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Chief Medical Officer Issues Alert on Counterfeit Drugs

The alert which first originated from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and circulated by the World Health Organizations, (WHO), has requested countries to share the information and to take appropriate public health actions deemed necessary.

According to the advisory, the counterfeit product represented as “ExtenZe,” carries the identical name of an authentic dietary supplement for male sexual enhancement.

Health authorities in St. Kitts & Nevis have however indicated that the Federation is vulnerable to the importation of counterfeit drugs because of demand and ease of availability via the internet and unlicensed vendors.

Dr. Martin has advised that the product could be purchased through the Internet and that it looks similar to the actual drug, but it contains hidden ingredients that can cause serious harm to consumers.

The counterfeit product has the following lot numbers on the packages:

• LOT 1110075

• LOT F050899

The US FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that the counterfeit product contains tadalafil, or a combination of tadalafil and sildenafil –active ingredients in FDA-approved prescription medicines for erectile dysfunction. These ingredients are not listed on the product label.

These ingredients may interact with other medicines, like the nitrates found in some prescription medicines such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease often take nitrates.

The health officials advise that more information can be obtained through the website: Counterfeit ExtenZe.com

 

 

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