2 postings ago, I wrote about innovation being the driving force during recessionary times, in reference to the addition of sildenafil, the active ingredient of Viagra, into coffee powder to give that extra boost.
Its now becoming more apparent that this practice is more prevalent. The US FDA recently issued this statement:
FDA MedWatch Alert
July 14, 2009
Audience: Consumers, pharmacists.
Haloteco and FDA notified healthcare professionals and consumers of a nationwide voluntary recall of Libipower Plus. Lab analysis of Libipower Plus samples were found to contain undeclared Tadalafil, an active ingredient of FDA approved drugs for Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Tadalalafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Additionally, the product may cause side effects.
This has resulted in this rather common ‘food supplement’ to be withdrawn from the shelves of big chain supermarts as well as from popular websites like Amazon. By the way, tadalafil is the active ingredient of the prescription drug Cialis, used for treating sexual dysfunction.
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Was it my imagination, or was it real, that the size of my junk-mail box had gotten less over last week? I seem to be missing (the irony of it all) all those mails exhorting the use of various pills to make my ‘partner deliriously happy’ and the use of one’s ‘tool’ to perform wonders which defy medical science.
Global spam levels have dropped by as much as 75 per cent following the shutdown of a US web host that provided the backbone for most of the world’s spam. The web host, McColo, based in California, counted customers including “international firms and syndicates that are involved in everything from the remote management of millions of compromised computers to the sale of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and designer goods, fake security products and child pornography via email”, The Washington Post reported.
For those techies, spammers typically use botnets of hacked computers that they surreptitiously control and use to send their spam messages. This makes it harder for them to be traced and allows spammers to harness the internet bandwidth of potentially hundreds of thousands of computers.
This appeared to be part of a multinational swoop coordinated by Interpol in nine countries targeted against internet drug peddlers. Interpol’s internet message is simple: Do not buy prescription-only medicines over the Internet without a prescription.
I can only reiterate this message because there’s no way you can prove the drugs are safe and effective. In many cases they can be harmful, when unknown chemicals may be added.
However, as in some cancers, the drop in junk mails is expected to be a temporary lull as spammers adapt and find new areas to set up their operations again, possibly in Eastern Europe. Will the cancer spread again? Will spam, the scourge of the Internet, make its reappearance?