Public Notice – Counterfeit Viagra and Cialis erectile dysfunction drugs seized from Grace Daily Mart in Scarborough, Ontario

0
  • Product: Counterfeit Viagra (Pfizer) and Cialis (Eli Lilly)
  • Publish: Health Products – Product Safety, Unauthorized Product
  • What to do: Stop using these products immediately and dispose of them safely. Consult your healthcare provider if you have these products and have any health concerns. Buy your prescription drugs only from licensed pharmacies.

Pictures)

Affected Products

Product

Plot

Expiration date

Counterfeit Viagra (Pfizer)

unknown

2025-03

Counterfeit Cialis (Eli Lilly)

05668

2024-04

Publish

Health Canada inspectors seized counterfeit Viagra and Cialis for erectile dysfunction from the Grace Daily Mart in Scarborough, ON (1579 Ellesmere Road). These products are in addition to several other unauthorized sexual enhancement products that Health Canada has seized from the same location.

The seized Viagra is labeled with an expiration date of 2025-03 and the seized Cialis is labeled with lot 05668 and expiration 2024-04. Both were sold in individual blister packs with no other packaging. Health Canada has confirmed with Pfizer, the manufacturer of Viagra, as well as Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Cialis, that the seized products are counterfeit.

Counterfeit medicines are made to look like genuine products, but they may not be identical and they can pose serious health risks. For example, they could contain a higher dose than indicated on the label, hidden contaminants or dangerous ingredients, which can seriously harm your health. On the other hand, they might not contain the drug at all. Unlike genuine, authorized pharmaceutical products, counterfeit drugs have not been evaluated by Health Canada for their safety, efficacy and quality. Selling counterfeit health products in Canada is illegal.

According to the packaging, counterfeit Viagra – like genuine Viagra – is labeled to contain the prescription drug sildenafil, while counterfeit Cialis – like genuine Cialis – is labeled to contain the prescription drug tadalafil. Both medications can pose serious health risks, especially when not taken as prescribed by a healthcare professional, especially for people with heart problems or taking nitrate medications ( for example, nitroglycerin).

Health Canada reminds the public that the best way to be sure their prescription medicine is genuine is to buy it from a licensed pharmacy. Also, prescription drugs should only be taken under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional, as they are used to treat specific health conditions and can cause serious side effects.

what you should do

  • Stop using these products immediately and dispose of them safely. Consult your health care practitioner if you have taken this product and have any health concerns.
  • Buy your prescription drugs only from licensed pharmacies.
  • Report any adverse reactions or health product complaints to Health Canada.

Background

Sildenafil and tadalafil are prescription drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction and should only be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional. The drugs should not be used by people taking nitrate drugs (eg nitroglycerin) as they can cause life-threatening hypotension. People with heart problems are at increased risk for cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure, and abnormal heart rhythm. Other possible side effects include headache, flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss.

Alert/Reminder Type: Public consultation
Category: Health products – Medicines
Published by: Health Canada

Aussi disponible en français

SOURCE Health Canada

For further information: Media enquiries: Health Canada, 613-957-2983, [email protected]; Public Inquiries: 613-957-2991, 1-866 225-0709

Share.

Comments are closed.