Pharmaceutical

FDA: ‘Best Candy’ energy booster contains undeclared drugs

ucm607668 323x210 FDA: Best Candy energy booster contains undeclared drugsDo not buy or use Best Candy, a dietary supplement promoted as an energy booster on various websites and possibly some retail stores, because it contains hidden drugs and poses a risk to public health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Public Notification.

During an examination of imported goods, the FDA found that Best Candy contained nortadafil, a chemical structurally similar to tadalafil, the active ingredient in the prescription erectile dysfunction drug Cialis. This undeclared active drug ingredient may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.

Anyone who has Best Candy supplements in their possession should not take them. Anyone who has suffered side effects related to use of this product should contact their doctor. Adverse events should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.

The agency’s finding of undeclared drugs in Best Candy supplements is part of a growing trend of dietary supplements and conventional foods that contain hidden drugs or chemicals. Most often, this occurs in products promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss and bodybuilding, and the products are often misrepresented as “all natural.”

“The FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements that have potentially harmful ingredients,” the agency said in the Public Notification. “Consumers should exercise caution before purchasing any product in the above categories.”

Source: FDA Public Notification