Men, Beware! Sketchy Sexual Performance Drugs Prove Fatal

By Rachel Cernansky | March 5, 2009 6:59 pm

viagra2.jpgNo, there’s no cause for alarm over the FDA-approved Cialis or Viagra. But some illegal anti-impotence drugs in Singapore contaminated with the diabetes drug glyburide have caused dangerously low blood sugar levels in a reported 150 people—and led to the deaths of four men.

“Power 1 Walnut” and “Santi Bovine Penis Erecting Capsule” are the names of two of the offending drugs—or, rather, herbal supplements promoted for sexual enhancement. A counterfeit version of Cialis was also found by authorities.

Canada had already issued a Foreign Product Alert against the “Santi Bovine” last year, but that obviously did no good for people in Singapore.

A summary of the recent findings was reported in the Journal of New England Medicine. Whether it includes the risk of 36-hour erections remains to be seen.

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