WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The FDA advises consumers to discontinue using the male sexual stimulant pill ‘Big Penis’ after laboratory tests confirmed that it contained a prescription drug called sildenafil.
- Big Penis violated FDA regulations because nowhere on its box does it say that it contains the ingredient sildenafil.
- Sildenafil is an FDA-regulated drug that when taken in with other prescription drugs it can cause blood pressure to plummet dangerously.
When using ‘Big Penis USA’, more or less, you have a vague notion that there might be an unexpected ingredient in it.
True enough, the drug which promotes sexual enhancement, was discovered by the FDA to have a secret ingredient called sildenafil, which is also known by the brand name Viagra. Consumers are advised by the agency to stop using or buying the product.
Big Penis capsules were found in one of the country’s FDA-operated International Mail Facilities where the agency monitors all incoming packages for illegal, unapproved and counterfeit drugs. Sildenafil, a drug that the FDA regulates, was found in the product after laboratory tests.
The issue with Big Penis is that it violated FDA regulations because its packaging doesn’t indicate that it contains the prescription drug.
Taking sildenafil can lead to serious consequences. When interacting with other prescription drugs such as those for hypertension and diabetes, the drug can seriously decrease blood pressure. Other negative effects include damage to eyesight like one case of a man whose vision turned permanently red-tinted after taking in too much of the drug.
This isn’t the first time Big Penis got in trouble with the law. Last year, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Australian Border Force worked together to stop the drug from entering the country after founding out that the drug contained both sildenafil and an antibiotic called chloramphenicol. Both ingredients required prescriptions in Australia.
While Big Penis is one of the many sexual stimulant pills being advertised as dietary supplements found by the FDA to contain regulated ingredients, the truth is, the supplement industry is also faced with several challenges.
Oftentimes, supplements are discovered to contain either prescription drugs or untested or illegal chemicals. The Atlantic reported that since the implementation of a 1994 law, the FDA is burdened with proving that a supplement is unsafe, which makes it hard to police illegal supplements before they’re sold in stores.
In a database kept by the FDA that lists “tainted” supplements to keep an eye out for” many of these are for sexual enhancement or weight loss. Through Gizmodo, an FDA statement advises that “Consumers should also be on alert for products that offer immediate or quick results and that sound too good to be true.”
So, before planning on buying or taking in any dietary supplements, consult your physician first.