Two sex-enhancing drug brands pulled off shelves

DUBAI — The Dubai Municipality has withdrawn sex performance-boosting medicines of two brands from the local market as they are harmful to health.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 20 Aug 2008, 1:21 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:07 PM

Redha Salman, Director of Health and Public Safety Department, said in a Press release that the municipality has withdrawn US-manufactured 375mg Viapro capsules following a warning issued by the US Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA). This medicine claims to boost sex performance in men.

The second medicine, Viafem, is a herbal supplement that claims to enhance sexual arousal among women. This medicine was being sold without the approval of the Ministry of Health, the statement said.

"The FDA has issued a warning on Viapro that it contains ingredients that can lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

"An FDA press release notified consumers who have this product to discontinue using it and consult their healthcare professionals if they experience any problems that may be related to taking Viapro," said Salman.

He noted that a special team was formed by the department to look for this particular drug in the local market and remove it from the shelves.

"While the team members were looking for this product, another product, Viafem, which was not approved by the UAE Ministry of Health, was also found. This product has also been withdrawn from the market now," the official said.

Salman urged consumers to make sure that all drugs and supplement products used are approved by the Ministry of Health, noting that all retailers should have an approval from the ministry before selling such products.

He urged the people, who might have purchased these drugs already, to return them to the retailers and notify the Dubai Municipality or other competent authorities.

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