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FDA Lifts Curtain On The Secret Behind Magic Power Coffee

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

FDA's consumer advisory against a coffee product that contains an active drug ingredient for erectile dysfunction reflects the agency's growing capability to keep up with noncompliant firms that add drug substances to so-called dietary supplements

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The agency advises consumers to not use so-called "supplements" from EZVille Ltd. because they contain analogues of Rx ingredients. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y., company Aug. 6 recalled Revivexxx Extra Strength, promoted for sexual enhancement, and weight-loss product Solo Slim. FDA analysis found Revivexxx contains tadalafil, the active ingredient in the prescription erectile dysfunction drug Cialis, and Solo Slim contains sibutramine, found in Rx weight-loss drug Meridia. The products should be returned to the place of purchase, FDA said. ... Sulfoaildenafil spurs recalls: FDA finds the analogue of sildenafil, an active drug for erectile dysfunction, in two firms' products marketed as dietary supplements. On Aug. 9, the agency announced Salt Lake City-based Prolatis recalled its eponymous product, sold nationwide in double blister packs and 40-count bottles. On Aug. 10, FDA said another Salt Lake City firm, Novacare, recalled a range of affected products sold under names including Stiff Nights, Aziffa, Monster Excyte and others, distributed in bottles and blister cards to retailers and websites. Sulfoaildenafil is among the increasingly complex ranks of sildenafil analogues FDA regularly finds in adulterated supplements (1"The Tan Sheet" June 28, 2010)

Magic Power Coffee reveals a recall

The distributors of Magic Power Coffee do not have a trick up their sleeve to make their product disappear from the market, but must rely on a recall. INZ Distributors Inc./Magic Power Coffee Inc. June 28 voluntarily recalled the dietary supplement in which FDA found hydroxythiohomosildenafil, an unapproved drug that is an analogue to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Pfizer's erectile dysfunction drug Viagra (1"The Tan Sheet" June. 28, 2010). The Brooklyn, N.Y., firm said no illnesses linked to the product have been reported. The recall covers production dates through May 8, 2010

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