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Significant health issues linked to Rhino-branded ED supplements

A rise in reported health issues linked to various Rhino-branded male enhancement supplements has prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a warning to consumers that the products should not be purchased or used because they contain hidden drugs that can be dangerous to consumers’ health. The FDA has received reports of people experiencing chest pain, severe headaches and prolonged erections after taking a Rhino product that led to surgical intervention and hospitalization due to extreme drops in blood pressure. Since 2007, the FDA has identified more than 25 products marketed with variations of the name “Rhino” that ... Read More

Dr. Oz to pay $5.25 million to settle alleged false diet pill claims

Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz agreed to pay $5.25 million and stop airing three episodes of The Dr. Oz Show that promoted dietary supplements as miracle weight-loss pills to settle a proposed class action lawsuit. The suit, filed in California federal court, alleges he misrepresented the effectiveness of the diet pills. Veda Woodard, Teresa Rizzo-Marino and Diane Morrison, representing the class, alleged they bought diet pills sold by former bodybuilder Lee Labrada though his company Labrada Bodybuilding Nutrition Inc., after seeing him promote Labrada Gardenia Cambodia Dual Action Fat Buster and Labrada Green Coffee Bean Extract Fat Loss Optimizer on ... Read More

FDA warns companies selling pure or highly concentrated caffeine

Liquidcaffeine.com and Dual Health Body and Mind were slapped with warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for illegally selling highly concentrated caffeine products – supplements the agency says pose a threat to public health. “Despite being informed of the dangers of highly concentrated pure caffeine, we’re still finding companies that are disregarding consumer safety by illegally selling products with potentially dangerous and lethal amounts of caffeine,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “We’ve let consumers know that they should avoid pure caffeine sold in bulk and we’ve issued guidance to help firms understand when these kinds of ... Read More

Synthetic cannabinoids linked to life-threatening, unexplained bleeding

More than 200 people in nine states developed serious, unexplained bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids, which health officials say may have been laced with rat poison. Five of those who fell ill have died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned. The first case of life threatening vitamin K-dependent antagonist coagulopathy following synthetic cannabinoid use was reported in Illinois on March 3, 2018. Since then, there have been 202 reports of the condition, including 164 cases in Illinois and 20 in Maryland. Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin reported six cases each. About half of the ... Read More

Supplements falsely claim protection against sun exposure

Four companies are putting consumers’ health at risk by marketing dietary supplements they claim can prevent sunburn, reduce early skin aging caused by the sun, or protect against skin cancer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported in a News Release. The agency is cautioning consumers to be aware of unscrupulous companies making unproven claims. The companies – Advanced Skin Brightening Formula, Sunsafe Rx, Solaricare, and Sunergetic – received FDA warning letters informing them they were violating federal law and putting consumers’ health at risk. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and exposure to natural and ... Read More

FDA recalls supplements containing illegal prescription drugs

Shoreside Enterprises Inc., is recalling two dietary supplements promoted for male sexual enhancement after an analysis conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed the products contained undeclared pharmaceutical drugs. The affected supplements – 7K and Poseidon 4500/Extreme 1000 mg  – contain sildenafil and/or tadalafil, the active ingredients in the prescription erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis, respectively. Not only does the presence of these drugs in the dietary supplements render them unapproved drugs for which the safety and efficacy cannot be established, they also pose health risks to some people. Sildenafil and tadalfil may interact with nitrates found ... Read More

Two ED supplements recalled, contain hidden drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has uncovered hidden pharmaceutical drugs in two different dietary supplements manufactured, marketed and/or distributed in the U.S. for male sexual enhancement, and has requested the companies issue recalls of the tainted products because they pose a risk to public health. AMA Wholesale Inc., is recalling Rhino 69 Extreme 50000 capsules because they were found to contain tadalafil, the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction (ED) drug Cialis. Epic Products LLC is recalling all lots of Euphoric capsules, because testing revealed the products contained undeclared tadalafil as well as sildenafil, the active ingredient in the ... Read More

More kratom recalled, linked to Salmonella outbreak

Houston, Texas-based NutriZone LLC, is expanding its recall of various kratom dietary supplements to include more products that contain the same source material as the original recalled lots. That source material was linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections that have sickened at least 87 people in 35 states, 17 of whom required hospitalization. The investigation into the outbreak was launched in March by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state agencies. Several manufacturers and distributors of kratom products have already issued recalls. About two dozen additional bottles and ... Read More

FDA bans bulk sales of highly concentrated, pure caffeine

Bulk sales of dietary supplements that contain highly concentrated or pure caffeine to consumers have been banned because they pose a public health risk, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a News Release. These potent caffeine products pose a high risk of use at excessive levels, which can be dangerous and even deadly. At least two deaths have been linked to the concentrated or pure caffeine, the agency said. “Despite multiple actions against these products in the past, we’ve seen a continued trend of products containing highly concentrated or pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers as dietary ... Read More

Woman pleads guilty for selling dangerous stimulant to supplement maker

A Chinese woman pleaded guilty in Texas federal court for selling stimulant ingredients to a dietary supplement maker in the U.S., knowing full and well those illicit ingredients would not be listed on the supplement’s label. Gao Mei Fang, also known as Amy Gao, admitted to selling the illegal stimulant DMAA to a dietary supplement manufacturer knowing that U.S. retailers couldn’t sell supplements with that ingredient. DMAA, or dimethylamylamine, is promoted for performance enhancement but it is not legal in the U.S. because it is considered unsafe. DMAA can increase heat rate and blood pressure, and increase the risk of ... Read More