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Energy Drink Allegedly Containing Viagra Banned After Investigation

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An energy drink in Zambia has been banned after it was found to have contained Viagra. Power Natural High Energy Drink SX was reported to the authorities after a Ugandan man of having an erection for six-hours after consuming the drink.

The investigation then revealed that the drink contained sildenafil citrate, the active ingredient in Viagra. It is actually the exact opposite of a soft drink.

Sildenafil citrate is used to deal with erectile dysfunction and is normally available on prescription. It is also linked with hearing loss and vision problems in a few cases.

However, since the ban, the drink has ironically become more popular. The drink is still being sold in shops across the capital of Lusaka and the packaging even boasts that the drink ‘increases libido’ and is an ‘aphrodisiac’.

Ndola City Council, who forwarded samples to the Food and Drugs laboratory for testing, said in a statement that the results showed adulteration was taking place.

The statement read:  “Results from both Zimbabwe and South Africa correlated with those obtained from the Foods and Drugs Laboratory indicated a positive presence of sildenafil citrate.

“However, the raw material samples tested negative therefore confirming the alleged adulteration.

“The Ndola City Council has also suspended the production of Natural Power SX Energy Drink until remedial measures are put in place to the satisfaction of all the mentioned regulatory authorities.”

The levels of sildenafil citrate found ranged between 68.5 mg to 71.3 mg per 250ml of the drink, with the drink normally sold in 500ml cans. When being taken medicinally to combat erectile dysfunction, tablets containing 50 mg of sildenafil citrate are ordinarily prescribed.

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