Zambia bans energy drink containing 'Viagra'

09:29 (GMT+2) Tue, 16 Apr 2019
Pic: Energy drink reportedly containing Viagra

The National Consumer Commission on Monday called on members of the public not to consume the popular energy drink "Power Natural High Energy Drink SX".

The drink which is manufactured in Zambia, was last month banned by authorities after it was discovered that it contains large quantities of Sildenafil Citrate, which is reportedly not disclosed on the product's labeling.

Sildenafil Citrate is an active ingredient in oral medication for erectile dysfunction and is only available on prescription after assessment and recommendation from a medical doctor.

The ban followed a complaint from Zambia's medicine regulator in December suggesting that the drink had been spiked with Viagra.

The Zambian authorities have warned of serious harmful side effects if products containing Sildenafil Citrate are not administered properly.

The side effects include potentially penile tissue damage and permanent loss of potency.

Spokesperson for the Consumer Commission Trevor Hattingh said that they were in contact with Zambian authorities and were gathering more information about Power Natural High Energy Drink SX and its local distributor with a view of ordering the company to recall it from the market.

- African News Agency (ANA)


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