Advisory - Counterfeit Viagra & Cialis Found on the Toronto Market

Advisory - Counterfeit Viagra & Cialis Found on the Toronto Market 
OTTAWA, Feb. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - 
The issue: 
A Toronto retail outlet (Handy Variety, 591 Sherbourne St.) has voluntarily 
handed over counterfeit Viagra and Cialis to Health Canada following a 
compliance and enforcement action by the Department. 
The counterfeit Viagra product is labelled as 100mg tablets (lot number 
314833021), and has 11 blister packs of 4 tablets and one incomplete blister 
of 2 tablets per package. The counterfeit Cialis product is labelled as 20mg 
tablets (lot number 05668) and contains five blister packs of 2 tablets. 
Health Canada has confirmed with the manufacturers, Pfizer (Viagra) and Eli 
Lilly (Cialis), that these are counterfeit products. 
Who is affected: 
Canadians who have purchased or used these counterfeit Viagra and/or Cialis 
|What consumers should do:                                                                                 |
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|    --  Consult your healthcare practitioner with any questions or concerns regarding use of these        |
|        counterfeit products.                                                                             |
|    --  Read the label of the products you buy to verify that they have been assessed by Health Canada for|
|        safety, effectiveness and quality. Health products that have been authorized for sale by Health   |
|        Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Homeopathic Medicine Number   |
|        (DIN-HM) or a Natural Product Number (NPN) on the label. Some natural health products (NHPs) may  |
|        have an Exemption Number (EN).                                                                    |
|    --  Report any adverse reaction potentially related to this counterfeit product to                    |
|        Health Canada|
|    --  Contact Health Canada's toll-free line at 1-800-267-9675 with questions or complaints about       |
According to the product packaging, these counterfeit Viagra and Cialis 
products contain a prescription medication, sildenafil/tadalafil. 
Sildenafil/tadalafil may pose serious health risks, particularly to people 
with heart problems. 
Sildenafil/tadalafil should only be used under the supervision of a health 
care practitioner. Products authorized for sale containing sildenafil indicate 
that it should never be used by individuals taking any kind of nitrate drug 
(e.g. nitroglycerine) as it can cause potentially life-threatening low blood 
Individuals with heart problems may be at increased risk of cardiovascular 
side-effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and 
abnormal heart beat. Other side-effects include headache, facial flushing, 
indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss. 
Counterfeit health products can cause serious health problems. They can be 
mistaken for other health products that Health Canada has authorized for sale. 
Counterfeit products may also contain active and other ingredients not listed 
on the label, dangerous additives and/or microbial contaminants. 
In addition, they may lack the labelled active ingredients. Or they may 
contain the type of medication that requires the patient be supervised by a 
healthcare practitioner. 
For more information regarding Health Canada's approach to counterfeit health 
products please consult Health Canada's Policy on Counterfeit Health Products 
POL -0048. 
Products affected: 
1. Counterfeit Cialis
  2. Counterfeit Viagra 
For more information: 
Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this 
advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 
613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709. 
Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada 
Media Relations at 613-957-2983. 
How to report side effects to health products: 
To report suspected adverse reaction to these or other health products, please 
contact Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, 
or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and send to us using one of 
these methods: 

    --  Fax: 1-866-678-6789
    --  Internet:
    --  Mail: Canada Vigilance Program
        Marketed Health Products Directorate
        Ottawa, ON, Address Locator 0701E
        K1A 0K9

Related Health Canada Web content:
    --  Information Update 
        (July 29, 2010): Counterfeit Viagra Found on the
         Montréal Market
    --  Information Update 
        (May 3, 2009): Consumers Advised Against Counterfeit
         and Unapproved H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu) Products
    --  Advisory 
        (February 16, 2009): Counterfeit Toothbrushes Found on the
         Canadian Market
    --  Information Update 
        (August 24, 2006): Another batch of counterfeit
         lipitor found in the United Kingdom
    --  Information Update 
        (March 28, 2006): Health Canada advises consumers
         against counterfeit and unapproved avian flu products

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Media Enquiries: Health Canada (613) 957-2983

Public Enquiries: (613) 957-2991 1-866 225-0709

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