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Consumers Left Unsatisfied By Medsafe Sex Drug Decision

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Wellington, Sept 24 NZPA - Some consumers have been left feeling unsatisfied after the recall of male sexual enhancement products which did not meet Medsafe health regulations.

After an investigation, Medsafe today ordered the recall of six products for erectile dysfunction or enhancement of sexual performance which contained undeclared prescription medicines.

A retail assistant at Wellington's Dvice store told NZPA they now had to stock products of a lesser standard.

"It's disappointed lots of customers. We've got products in from within New Zealand as a replacement, but they definitely don't work as well as the other ones."

A spokesperson for adult store Peaches 'n' Cream said, while it did not stock any of the products recalled, he was not surprised by the findings.

"It's going to be an on-going issue because anyone can bring anything in and sell it," he said.

"They will stock it until they get told to stop selling it."

Shaguar, Signature Signergy, VIGRX (two types), VigRx, and VigRx Plus -- were taken off the market after the Institute of Environmental Science and Research found various prescription medicines contained in the products posed significant health risks.

The undeclared medicines they contained were similar to active ingredients in prescription drugs such as Viagra and Cialis, and acting health director-general Andrew Bridgman advised consumers to immediately stop taking the products.

Medsafe found that the products contained one or more of the medicines sildenafil, hydroxyhomosildenafil, thiosildenafil, and/or tadalafil.

Tadalafil is the active ingredient of Cialis, which is used to treat erectile dysfunction, while sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra, also an erectile dysfunction prescription drug.

Both taladalafil and sildenafil are known to interfere with some heart medications, and Medsafe said their use could be harmful and even fatal for some.

Hydroxyhomosildenafil and thiosildenafil were compounds similar in structure to sildenafil, whose safety and efficacy had not been established.

"Consumers should immediately stop taking these products and seek medical advice if they have felt unwell when taking any of these products or if they are also taking other medicines," Mr Bridgman said.

The six products were being sold in New Zealand by retailers including "adult" shops, and over the internet.

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