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Sexual enhancement products may pose 'serious risk'

Some sexual enhancement products from this store on No. 3 Road were recalled for health concerns by Health Canada. - Seung-Chul Baik photo
Some sexual enhancement products from this store on No. 3 Road were recalled for health concerns by Health Canada.
— image credit: Seung-Chul Baik photo

A number of unauthorized health products sold at Male and Female Harmony retail stores in Richmond and Burnaby, have been taken off store shelves because they may "pose serious risks to the health of Canadians," according to Health Canada.

Following a consumer complaint, Health Canada tested the products in question and found the presence of undeclared prescription medication. Male and Female Harmony is located at 1030-4540 No. 3 Rd.

Test revealed the presence of Sildenafil, a prescription medication that should only be used under the supervision of a healthcare practitioner.

Products sold in Richmond include: V100, VigRX for Men, and Black Gold.

"As with all treatments for erectile dysfunction, there is a potential cardiac risk assocated with sexual activity in patients with pre-existing heart problems such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heart beat. Other side-effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss."

Anyone who has used these products is advised to contact his or her health care practitioner if they are concerned about their health, the federal department responsible for health advised.

Health Canada warned: "Canadians who have taken unauthorized prescription products without the supervision of a healthcare practitioner or without a prescription may face additional risks. You may be misdiagnosed, the treatment might not be appropriate to treat your illness and you may miss the opportunity to obtain appropriate medical treatment. You may also put yourself at risk for drug interactions, or harmful side effects."

Health Canada is currently reviewing other products sold at these stores.

"Canadians are advised to monitor this list for any updates. Should Health Canada become aware that these products continue to be sold, the department will take appropriate action."

Anyone with complaints about these products, or concerns relating to their safety, efficacy or quality, can call 1-800-267-9675.

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