Some “male sexual enhancement pills” sold online at retailers like Amazon are being recalled for being contaminated with an erectile dysfunction drug.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued four recalls in recent days that include five drugs.
Samples of each were found to have been contaminated with tadalafil, an FDA erectile dysfunction drug. The drug has not been approved for over-the-counter use, prompting the regulatory agency to issue a recall.
The five drugs include ‘The Red Pill’, ‘Mac Daddy Red’, ‘Mac Daddy Purple’, ‘Red Mammoth’ and ‘MegMan performance booster’
The drugs have since been removed from online retail websites like Amazon, eBay and Walmart. It’s unclear if more recalls are too forthcoming.
The red pill (pictured), produced by Your Favorite Shop, is one of five drugs recalled by the FDA for potential tadalafil contamination
The two Mac Daddy products manufactured by ABC Sales 1 are recalled for potential contamination
The FDA warns that someone with diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease could be at risk if they unknowingly use tadalafil.
Many people who suffer from these conditions take medications daily that lower their blood pressure. Tadalafil lowers a person’s blood pressure even further, which can be dangerous.
Erectile dysfunction drugs like Cialis that contain tadalafil as an active ingredient are not recommended for people who suffer from these conditions.
The FDA reports that it became aware of the cross-contamination after being notified by an Amazon lab.
Amazon’s tests came after the FDA issued a warning of potential contamination to online retailers that distribute the pills in December.
These types of drugs claim to circulate more blood to the penis when a man is sexually aroused in order to increase the duration and strength of his erection.
Your Favorite Shop, a New Jersey-based company, voluntarily recalled The Red Pill after being notified of the contamination by the FDA.
No adverse reactions related to tadalafil have been reported to the company among users of its product.
ABC Sales 1, a New York-based company, manufactures the Mac Daddy line of products, and the contamination applies specifically to the batch of pills that expire March 30, 2024 and have batch numbers 1230004 or 1230005.
The company does not report hearing of any adverse events related to the contamination, according to an FDA statement.
Red Mammoth is made by Celebrate Today, also a New York-based company. Packages with lot number DK1027 are included in the recall.
CBS News reports that a number for reporting adverse events to the company has been disconnected.
Red Mammoth, made by Celebrate Today, is among the pills recalled by the FDA
MegMan, which is made by Junp, was also included in recent FDA recalls
A fourth New York company, Junp, produces MegMan, which has recalled drugs with lot number 2010291.
The FDA has long cautioned against the use of these drugs in general and does not offer this type of over-the-counter drug use approval.
However, they are still allowed to be dispensed, as long as they do not contain any drug that the agency considers to be of sufficient potential danger that it can only be dispensed on prescription.
“The FDA has identified an emerging trend where over-the-counter products, often represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful,” the agency wrote in a notice published in December.
“Consumers may unknowingly be taking products that contain varying amounts of prescription-approved pharmaceutical ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients.
“These misleading products can harm you! Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming an issue in products promoted for sexual enhancement.