Product Liability

Dietary supplement recalled after tests detect ‘undeclared ingredient’

Haloteco is conducting a voluntary recall of its dietary supplement Libipower Plus after testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found undeclared tadalafil in the product. Tadalafil is a pharmaceutical used for treating erectile dysfunction. Libipower Plus’ labeling states it does not contain tadalafil, and the product is not permitted in foods or drugs sold as dietary supplements. The undeclared ingredients may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers often take nitrates to treat common conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease. The product may also cause side effects such as headaches and flushing.

Libipower Plus is sold as a 1 capsule blister pack through distributors and retails stores in California. Consumers who have this product in their possession should stop using it immediately and contact their physician if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking this product. Questions may be directed to Haloteco Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (213) 820-9523.

Consumer Reports cautions against “questionable supplements” and says consumers should look for the U.S. Pharmacopeia’s USP Verified mark. The mark “assures that the product has the declared ingredients in the stated amounts, does not contain harmful levels of contaminants, and has passed other quality measures,” the organization advises. Consumers also are advised to discuss any medication, including supplements, with their physicians to avoid any potentially dangerous herb-drug interactions.

Consumer Reports