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article imageHerbal coffee recalled due to erectile dysfunction additive

By Tim Sandle     May 30, 2017 in Health
Bethesda - A brand of herbal coffee has been recalled from the market after it was discovered that the product contained an unintended active pharmaceutical ingredient, designed to control erectile dysfunction.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company Caverflo is voluntarily recalling all lots of the product Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee (25 grams). This is because FDA chemical laboratory analysis showed presence of the products Sildenafil and Tadalafil. These other products are the active pharmaceutical ingredients used in two approved prescription drugs intended for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
In addition, Caverflo has received a report of an individual death after use of the coffee. The cause of this is under investigation. In addition, according to Pharmaceutical Processing magazine, that Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee may contain undeclared milk.
The risk, as the FDA reports, is that the undeclared ingredients could react with the nitrates found in some types of prescription drugs (products like nitroglycerin which is a potent vasodilator to treat heart conditions). Here it is possible that the additives, in combination with prescription drugs, could lower blood pressure down to dangerous levels.
An at risk group are males with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease who are prescribed nitrates. It is also noted that those with an allergy or heighted sensitivity to milk are at risk from developing an allergic reaction.
Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee is intended as a male enhancement aid (marketed as a “natural herbal” aphrodisiac), consumed as an instant coffee. The product is produced in 25 gram black foil packs and it contains three herbs: Eurycoma longifolia (dubbed ‘Tongkat Ali’); Guarana; and Lepidium meyenii (often referred to as ‘Maca’).
The product in question was distributed between August 2016 and February 2017. The product was distributed throughout the U.S. According to the company any person with questions about the product or the recall should contact Caverflo directly. Further information can be accessed via the FDA Medwatch service.
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