Enhancement products seized from Hamilton stores by Health Canada

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Published July 12, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Health Canada

Products sold under names such as Premier Love Platinum 22000, StiffRox, Spanish Fly have been pulled off the shelves of two Hamilton convenience stores.

Health Canada says it has seized “unauthorized sexual enhancement products” that were sold in Hamilton and in two cities in British Columbia due to the “serious health risks” they pose to Canadians. The seizures in Hamilton happened at two Big Bee stores, at 155 Hunter St. W. and 800 Barton St. E.

In general terms, the products contained substances which are used to treat erectile dysfunction, but should only be taken when prescribed by a healthcare professional, in the view of the federal agency. Health Canada noted it has seized identifcal products with slightly different packaging in the past.

A sample of sexual enhancement products taken off Hamilton store shelves. (Health Canada photos)

The substances in the yanked products included yohimbe, sildenafil and tadalafil.

Health Canada has issued warnings about products containing yohimbe as far back as February 2018. It is derived from the bark of a tree in Africa and is on the market in the United States. However, it is known to cause programs for people with high blood pressure, or heart, kidney or liver disease.

Sildenafil and tadalafil are both used to treat erectile dysfunction and should, per Health Canada, only be used with medical supervision. The feds say neither should be used by people who take nitroglycerine (heart medication) or any type of nitrate drug since both can cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure. Using either substance also places people with heart problems at increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat.

The other seizures that Health Canada announced on Tuesday occurred in Coquitlam and Langley, B.C.; a complete list of the not-safe-for-use products is available at recalls-rapells.ca.

(Images via Health Canada.)

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