DETROIT (WJBK) – A local lawyer has taken legal action against Sunoco gas stations in Detroit for selling male enhancement pills containing a prescription drug ingredient commonly found in Viagra that can lead to serious health risks such as death or damage to the penis.
Attorney Robert Tauler of Tauler Smith LLP, an expert in adulterated supplements and false advertising, said Sunoco gas stations sell various brands of male enhancement pills that contain a drug typically prescribed by doctors.
Tauler says the pills are sold under the guise of being “all-natural,” but they actually contain an ingredient called sildenafil, which is the active ingredient in the prescription drug Viagra. He says taking a prescription drug without a doctor’s supervision can lead to serious health risks, including death, damage to the penis, stroke, heart attack and loss of vision.
The lawyer had at least seven sample pills, including Rhino 8 Platinum 8000. On July 16, the United States Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, issued a warning against taking this product, confirming that it contained sildenafil, which may interact negatively with any medication a man is currently taking.
Tauler says they then try to sell the drugs under different names. The following is a list of male enhancement pills FDA says contain the drug Viagra, sildenafil, since March 28:
- Black Lion Pill
- Red Zone Xtreme 3000
- Rhino 69 Extreme 50,000
- Best Candy
- Stallian black 35000
- Viagra gold
- Chong Cao Qiang Shen Wang
- Maximum power
- Grakcu capsule
- CU More
- Dale mas
- Black rhinoceros 25000
- Boss Rhino 15000
- Golden rhinoceros 25,000
- Krazzy Rhino 25000
- Rhino 25000 turntable
The FDA says it has identified an emerging trend where products sold as dietary supplements actually contain hidden active ingredients that could put someone’s health at risk.
Tauler says retailers still sell these products to this day.
“In my mind, it shows a lack of remorse and a lot of money to be made,” he said.
Tauler says these are high-margin products made in China in large quantities for pennies, then sold to low-cost retailers, around $ 1 to $ 2, then sold for up to $ 8. He compared taking the pills to playing Russian roulette – they are made in China without any FDA regulations and without any safety precautions, he said.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Houston-based Outlaw Lab.