(WXYZ) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use nearly 50 male enhancement or weight loss products that contain hidden ingredients and may pose a significant health risk.
The FDA says it bought these products from Amazon and eBay, and the agency’s tests found the products contain active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on their labels, including some with ingredients found in prescription drugs. The products may cause potentially serious side effects and may interact with medications or dietary supplements a consumer is taking.
Despite FDA warnings to consumers about similar products over the past decade, the agency continues to find potentially dangerous products available for purchase on the Internet, including online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay, as well than in retail stores. The agency urges consumers to be wary of buying or taking these products.
“Protecting the health and safety of Americans is the FDA’s top priority, and we will remain vigilant and communicate about products and companies that put American consumers at risk,” said Donald D. Ashley, JD, Director of the FDA Compliance Office. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “While the FDA has engaged in discussions with online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay regarding these issues in the past, we believe they can do more to protect consumers from these fraudulent and potentially dangerous products. We continue to urge stores, websites and online marketplaces, such as Amazon and eBay, to take appropriate steps to protect the American public by not selling or facilitating the sale of illegal FDA-regulated products.
The 26 products the FDA purchased from Amazon and 20 of the 25 products, or 80%, purchased from eBay contained undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients. FDA lab tests found the products to contain various undeclared active ingredients, including:
- Phenolphthalein and/or
Many of them are active ingredients intended for use in FDA-approved prescription drugs, the use of which is restricted under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional.
Many of the products the agency purchased from Amazon and eBay have the same or similar names as contaminated products that have been the subject of previous FDA consumer advisories.
Several of Amazon’s products are designated as “Amazon Choice” or “#1 Best Seller”. Products containing undeclared medicinal ingredients violate federal law. Typically, these products are unapproved new drugs and/or adulterated dietary supplements. Additionally, they are mislabeled because their labels do not accurately reflect their ingredients.
The FDA’s Contaminated Products Database can help consumers identify nearly 1,000 of these potentially dangerous products. However, the agency is unable to test and identify all products that contain potentially harmful hidden ingredients. Even if a product is not listed, consumers should be careful about using certain products, especially those promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, bodybuilding, sleeping pills, or pain relief. pain. Consumers should also be on the lookout for products that offer immediate or quick results and seem too good to be true. The FDA is committed to protecting consumers by identifying and removing these potentially dangerous products from the market.
Consumers using or considering using any over-the-counter product marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss, or muscle building, or any product marketed as a dietary supplement for pain relief, should first consult a health care professional. health, as some ingredients may interact with medications. or dietary supplements. In addition, consumers should seek product information from sources other than sellers and seek medical advice to help them distinguish between reliable and questionable information.
The FDA encourages consumers and healthcare professionals to report any adverse events to the agency’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program so that the agency can take action to protect the public from any unsafe product.