ATLANTA – A federal lawsuit accuses a dozen Georgia convenience store operators of selling unsafe sex pills. Channel 2 Action News went undercover to reveal how easy they are to buy.
The pills in question are marketed as herbal supplements to enhance male sexual performance, but laboratory tests have shown that they contain varying amounts of the active ingredients found in the prescription drugs Viagra and Cialis.
Men who take them without talking to a doctor are at risk of serious complications.
“Atlanta is actually one of the biggest markets for this,” said attorney Robert Tauler.
Tauler represents a company that sells legitimate natural male enhancement supplements. He sued convenience stores for selling the pills in several US cities, including Atlanta.
“How dangerous is this stuff?” ” request Jim Strickland, Channel 2 Consumer Investigator.
“We found it was a bit like playing Russian roulette,” Tauler said.
The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings for nearly 200 varieties of pills because they contained pharmaceuticals.
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The FDA said it had received reports of users of some of these pills suffering from chest pain, severe headaches and prolonged erections which resulted in hospitalization and surgery due to a drop in blood pressure. .
“We have had victims contacting our office who have suffered penile injuries, penis replacement surgeries,” Tauler said.
The FDA has issued warnings for various brands of pills, including Black Stallion, Libigrow, and Rhino. The FDA has warned consumers about 25 variant pills using the Rhino brand with hidden drugs for more than a decade.
When Channel 2 producers infiltrated gas stations in the metro area, the pills were easy to spot.
Pills with FDA warnings were sold to producers in eight of 10 stores visited.
Employees praised the effectiveness of the pills.
When Strickland questioned a Chevron in Cobb County selling pills with FDA warnings, the official criticized a supplier for not disclosing the warnings.
The manager immediately removed the pills from the store shelves.
Strickland traveled to California to speak with former Rhino user Casey Charles, 62. He spoke about the effectiveness and dangers of a Rhino brand pill.
Charles believes that his long-term use of the “Rhino 7” brand could injure him for life.
“It’s quick and it’s easy and it does the trick. What I didn’t know is that it’s dangerous, ”Charles told Strickland.
Charles said he used Rhino 7 for four years. When he stopped, he said his body responded within weeks, going from improving to straining.
“[My penis] almost turns at a 90 degree angle to the left, ”Charles said. “You can’t even have sex with. “
There is no absolute proof that Rhino 7 is to blame, but its suspicions are unshakeable. Charles said his only lifestyle change was to stop the pill.
Tauler told Strickland that most of the men who claim to be victims do not want to cooperate with an investigation into the pills.
“There is a level of embarrassment that comes with any injury surrounding these types of products by their very nature,” Tauler said.
Tauler explained that his client is suing stores because distributors up the supply chain are too difficult to locate.
Californian, Nam Hyun Lee, will appear in federal court next week and will be charged with conspiracy and smuggling of mislabeled drugs.
He is accused of selling male enhancement supplements containing the active ingredients of Viagra and Cialis under numerous brands, including Rhino.
Charles said more should have been done to warn men like him.
“It really bugs me that these retail outlets can be used to sell me something illegal,” Charles said.
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