Lightning Rod Supplements Recalled over Health Risk, Unapproved use of Erectile Dysfunction Drug

Defective Drugs

Makers of over-the-counter supplements are not bound by the same strict Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules as prescription drug manufacturers, but they must still meet guidelines regarding disclosure of product ingredients, warnings of potential side-effects and other factors. When they fail to follow the rules, the health of innocent consumers is at stake.

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In recent years, an increasing number of non-prescription supplements marketed as weight-loss aids, muscle-building formulas and mental health boosters among others have been recalled due to false claims about their effectiveness, undisclosed health risks and the illegal inclusion of ingredients classified by the FDA as drugs. This week, the FDA announced that supplement maker Chang Kwung was recalling capsules sold under the brand name Lightning Rod because they contain a variation on the drug Sildenafil, which is the active ingredient in FDA-approved erectile dysfunction medications.

Lightning Rod capsules were sold over the counter and online as a dietary supplement for male sexual enhancement. However, the use of a Sildenafil analogue makes Lightning Rod an unapproved new drug.

Furthermore, some consumers who take Lightning Rod may be at risk for health complications. Sildenafil, which contains extensive warnings in its prescription forms, can adversely interact with the nitrates found in other prescription drugs and can lower blood pressure to dangerous levels; individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease often take medications that include nitrates.

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