Fake Viagra pills and other erectile dysfunction drugs found in a GTA store

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Some fake drugs Viagra and Cialis have just been seized from a store in the GTA, you might want to listen if you think you bought some.

Health Canada has issued A press release on Thursday, August 25, regarding counterfeit erectile dysfunction drugs that were found at the Grace Daily Mart on Ellesmere Road in Scarborough.

Counterfeit Cialis.Health Canada

The drugs seized were both sold in separate blister packs with no other form of packaging. The counterfeit Viagra had an expiration date of March 2025 while the Cialis was labeled with a lot number 05668 and an expiration date of April 2024.

The federal health agency has confirmed with Pfizer and Eli Lilly, the makers of the products, that these erectile dysfunction drugs are indeed fake.

Health Canada has warned that counterfeit drugs, like these, can pose “serious health risks” because they could contain a higher dose than what is actually stated on the label, they could also potentially contain a hidden dangerous ingredient or contaminant. Or, they might not even have the medicine in them.

Counterfeit Viagra.Counterfeit Viagra.Health Canada

The packaging of these two counterfeit products indicated that they contained sildenafil (for Viagra) and tadalafil (for Cialis). These are both used to treat erectile dysfunction, and Health Canada advises that they should only be used “under the supervision of a healthcare professional”.

Anyone with a heart condition who takes any of these drugs is at increased risk of cardiovascular side effects like heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat.

So what if you think you have these counterfeit drugs?

Anyone who thinks they have purchased some of these pills should immediately stop using them and safely dispose of them (the the feds say flushing them down the toilet or sink is a no-no).

If you think you have taken any of these products in the past, Health Canada suggests contacting your healthcare professional with your concerns.

Health Canada also reminds the public to buy their prescription drugs from an authorized pharmacy to ensure their authenticity.

It is not the first time in recent months that Health Canada inspectors were called at this store. Ten days ago, on August 15, authorities seized a pile of “unlicensed sexual enhancement products” from the Scarborough market.

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