China impotence drugs warning15th February 2008
Customs officials in the Netherlands have intercepted Chinese herbal impotence medicines that could cause heart failure or vision damage, raising further concern about the safety of Chinese-made products.
The Dutch Health Care Inspectorate said it had alerted the European Union and U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Associated Press reported, along with authorities in Asia, Israel, and South Africa. The pills are sold under the names Herb Vigour, Natural Vigour, and China Vigour.
"The names of the pills create the impression that they contain herbs," the inspectorate said, although in fact they contain chemicals used in prescribed tablets such as Viagra at 2-1/2 times the approved daily dosage.
Thousands of the pills were intercepted at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and sent for testing, but the Chinese manufacturer hasn’t been traced and no one has been detained or charged in connection with the discovery.
Concern over the safety and efficacy of Chinese exports surged worldwide in 2007 after dangerous and in some instances deadly chemicals were found in a range of products, including toothpaste, toys, and pet food.
The Chinese authorities launched a high-profile campaign to overhaul safety regulations, and the head of the Chinese Food and Drug Administration was executed after he was convicted on corruption charges.
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