The FDA is recalling a supplement that claimed to be “100% natural.” The government health agency found Sildenafil and Tadalafil, the two active ingredients in Viagra and Cialis, in the supplement called Jack Rabbit.
The Florida based company has voluntarily recalled its product, which is used to enhance sexual pleasure. Jack Rabbit Inc told clients to stop taking the supplement. The company issued the nationwide recall on Tuesday after the FDA deemed the supplement an “unapproved drug.”
“The active drug ingredients are not listed on the product label. The undeclared ingredients may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels,” a press release said.
“[We are] committed to providing accurate information about its products because of concerns for the health and safety of consumers,” the press release said. “Jack Rabbit Inc. is working voluntarily with the FDA in the recall process. It sincerely regrets any inconvenience to customers.”
The two ingredients found by the FDA require a prescription in the U.S. Anyone who purchased Jack Rabbit with the lot code 2510 should not take the supplement. Those with unopened bottles may be eligible for a refund by contacting the company.
It’s not the first time the FDA has had this problem. In 2010, another supplement, Rockhard, was recalled for the same reason.
The FDA has made more efforts to crack down on supplements recently because of this reoccurring problem. Supplements are not subjected to the same rigorous testing as prescription medications. However, the health agency does do random supplement testing and can intervene if there is a problem.
The famous little blue pill has officially been on the market for 15 years. Successful advertising campaigns have helped make tadalista one of the most well known pharmaceuticals in history. According to the Fildena website, 25 million men have taken the drug to alleviate sexual problems.
Men Turn to Their Doctor
Aside from the medical benefits, University of British Columbia professor Barbara Mintzes says sildalis has turned the once taboo topic of impotence into a common conversation.
“The positive side of that is that there isn’t this sort of implication that it’s sort of a personal failure on a man’s part if he has a sexual problem,” she told CBC News.
Viagra was approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction in 1998. Since that time, millions of men have filled a prescription for the pill. Critics worry the drug is over-prescribed.
“For the people who are uncomfortable, they immediately reach for the prescription pad,” Dr. Guy Grenier told CBC News. “When we’ve got that sort of quick immediate answer, we end up with people getting the wrong treatment.”
Grenier worries doctors aren’t looking at other issues that could cause problems in the bedroom.
“A lot of sexual performance issues have nothing to do with blood flow,” Grenier said. “They have to do with relationships issues, or animosity, or attraction, or communication — all kinds of things.”
Viagra’s blood-pumping abilities were actually discovered by mistake back in the 90s. Pfizer was originally testing Viagra to treat heart problems, when an unknown side effect was discovered. Experts changed the plans and started trials for erectile dysfunction.
CNN has put together a timeline that explores Viagra’s history.