In its press release about the recall the company admits that lab tests ordered and performed by the FDA found sildenafil and/or tadalafil in the products. Sildenafil, of course, you know better as Viagra; tadalafil is marketed in this country as Cialis. The company has not said how much of each drug was found or what prompted the FDA to test the supplements in the first place.
Nor did the company give any information about any injuries or illnesses being blamed on the spiked supplements. All I can get is that the products have been pulled and customers are being notified.
- African Black Ant (Lot# 2006-000926)
- Black Ant (Lot# 2006-3627878)
- XZen Gold (Lot# 130310GL)
- ZXen Platinum (Lot# 130520PL)
- XZen 1200 (Lot# 13051012)
- XZone Gold (Lot# 131110GL)
- XZone 1200 (Lot# 13071012)
Naturally the drugs are not disclosed on the products' labels.
As is always the case with recalls like this, the primary fear is that men who shouldn't take prescription drugs like Viagra and Cialis will turn to products like African Black Ant or XZen and XZone, believing them to be safe--or even "natural"--alternatives to prescription ED medications. But the illegal spiking means that these supplements have the same potential for harm as the actual drugs. Men who take nitrates are at special risk for complications, say doctors, because combining those medications can cause unpredictable and sometimes dramatic drops in blood pressure.
Nova says that these products were sold nationwide but did not provide a list of possible retail outlets.
If you have any of the products on the recall list you are, of course, urged not to take them. Send them to the company, Nova says. That mailing address is:
Nova Products, Inc.
5 Mount Pleasant Road
And if you'd like a little more information about the recall you can always call the company directly at 610-459-7709.