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Zambia bans energy drink found to contain Viagra

19.03.2019
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Zambia has banned an energy drink after it was shown to have been adulterated with Viagra, according to local authorities. The ban followed a complaint from the country’s medicine regulator in December suggesting the Power Natural High Energy Drink SX had been spiked with erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.

The drink is also exported to African countries such as Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe, the manufacturer, Revin Zambia Ltd, said last year. The company could not immediately be reached for comment on the ban.

The Uganda National Drug Authority said in a letter dated 28 December 2018 that it made similar findings after a customer complained of constant sweating and a nearly six-hour erection. Zambia ordered the manufacturer to withdraw the drink after tests showed it contained Sildenafil Citrate, which has the brand name Viagra, a Ndola local authority statement said. Sildenafil is an active ingredient in oral therapy for erectile dysfunction in men and should only be available on prescription, the statement said.

“Results from both Zimbabwe and South Africa correlated with those obtained from the Foods and Drugs Laboratory that indicated a positive presence of Sildenafil Citrate,” it said.

Zambia has also suspended the production of the drink until remedial measures are put in place to ensure that it is not adulterated, the statement said.

In January, Malawi banned the drink following tests conducted at its drug quality control laboratory after safety concerns were raised in Zambia and Uganda.

Natural Power Energy Drink SX is very popular among Zambian men and is sold in 500ml plastic cans, mostly in supermarkets and bars.

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