Updated: 3:41 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 | Posted: 8:42 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Male sexual enhancement drugs recalled

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By Mark Fisher

Staff Writer

Midwest Wholesale, a Missouri-based company that distributes over-the-counter male sexual enhancement pills, has issued a voluntary recall of several brands because they contain the same effective ingredients found in prescription-only drugs Viagra and Cialis.

The recalled products were sold under brand names such as Boost Ultra, Extenze, and Magic for Men.

The recall affects at least 20 retailers in a dozen states; none of those retail stores are in Ohio, Midwest Wholesale spokesman John Schindele said Monday. Affected states include Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Texas, Iowa, Georgia, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada and Wisconsin, Schindele said.

The prescription-only erectile dysfunction drugs Viagara and Cialis pose a health risk for those who take certain medications for blood pressure or heart problems. “These undeclared ingredients may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels,” the recall notice distributed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. “Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.”

Here’s a list of the retail products included in the recall:

• Boost Ultra: 12 pill bottle, Lot#B70130, Expiration 03/15; 3 pill bottle, Lot#B70130, Exp 3/2015; 1 pill pack, Lot#06012011, Exp 6/2014

• XZone Gol: 1 pill pack, Lot#130710GL, Exp 7/31/18;

• Sexy Monkey: 1 pill pack, Exp 12/31/14

• Triple MiracleZen Platinum: 1 pill pack, Lot# OAWF1027, Exp 1/31/15 and Lot# OAWF1003, Exp 1/31/15

• Magic for Men: 12 pill bottle, Lot# GP808, Exp 10/16 and 1 pill pack, Lot#BN030613, Exp 2/6/15

• “New” Extenze: 30 pill box, Lot# 0512058, Exp 05/16

• New XZen Platinum: 1 pill pack, Lot#130520PL, Exp 5/31/17

An FDA analysis found these products contained undeclared sildenafil (the generic name for Viagra) and/or tadalafil (Cialis).

Consumers were advised to stop using these products immediately and throw the pills away or return them to the place of purchase. Those who have experienced any negative side effects should consult a health-care professional as soon as possible, the recall notice says.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Missouri-based Midwest Wholesale by phone (888-514-7110) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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