Australia Bans Energy Drink that Causes Erections
Australian health officials banned an energy drink, which calls itself "natural," after it was discovered that it contains a prescription drug used for erectile dysfunction at levels above the recommended dosage, the British newspaper the Independent reports.
According to its website, MosKa describes itself as "a brand of natural supplements and drinks" that will naturally enhance "sexual health, everyday love and the well being of men & women." But when Australian authorities tested the drink, they found it contained high levels of Levitra, the brand name of the drug vardenafil, which is used to treat erectile dysfunction.
The Independent reports possible side effects include priapism, or an abnormally long-lasting and persistent erection. This can cause permanent damage and hearing loss. It can be extremely dangerous for men who have heart conditions who were not prescribed the drug.
Officials from MosKa issued a statement via the energy drink's website, saying the drink was produced by a third party supplier and they did not know of the drug.
"We are devastated to have found that the overseas OEM supplier for Moska energy for adults had included an undeclared ingredient, Vardenafil (Levitra), within the natural ingredients. Vardenafil (Levitra) is a prescription only substance," the statement reads. "As such, we have terminated the supplier and in the process of producing the product with our own formulation to ensure no hidden ingredients. All our future products will be tested for compliance with all regulatory requirements."
The statement includes a link "for detailed information on Vardenfil."
According to Australia's Department of Health's Therapeutic Goods Administration, distribution of MosKa is now illegal and any cans of the drink will be seized and destroyed by authorities.