Friday, July 17, 2009

Important News

An interesting and important news item appeared in my in-box this morning.

Nature & Health Co. supplement products: LibieXtreme, Y-4ever, Libimax X Liquid, Powermania Liquid and Capsule, Herbal Disiac
July 16, 2009

Nature & Health Co., announced a voluntary nationwide recall of the company's supplement products sold under the following names: LibieXtreme, Y-4ever, Libimax X Liquid, Powermania Liquid and Capsule, Herbal Disiac. Lab analysis by FDA of these products found they contain either tadalafil, an active ingredient of an FDA-approved drug for erectile dysfunction (ED), its analog aminotadalafil, or the analog of sildenafil, an active ingredient of another FDA-approved ED drug, making these products unapproved drugs. The undeclared ingredients may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Customers who have these products in their possession should stop using it immediately and contact their physician if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking these products.

Because it is timely, and represents an issue that complicates drug testing and the interpretation of drug testing results, we will interrupt our discussion of Urine Drug Testing Adulterants for today.

This recall, because of ingredients that are contained in over-the-counter products that are unlisted on the bottle (and are regulated by the FDA), illustrates the difficulty toxicologists, physicians and counsellors have in interpreting the results of a drug test. Individuals may be exposed to substances and drugs, unknowingly, through the use of over-the-counter products.

This issue should always be discussed with the individual undergoing drug testing if an unexplained drug is detected. Utilize the expertise of a toxicologist to assist you in this endeavor.

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