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'Tainted' Supplement Makers May Face Prosecution: FDA
Date:12/16/2010

Clomed, which contain anabolic steroids or aromatase inhibitors, a class of cancer-fighting drugs that interfere with estrogen production. Consumers should also be aware of "products that provide warnings about testing positive in performance drug tests," Sharfstein said.

The sexual-enhancement products tend to include the active ingredient or an analog of the popular approved erectile-dysfunction drugs Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. Illegal products include Vigor-25, Duro Extend Capsules for Men and Magic Power Coffee. In particular, sexual enhancement products promising rapid effects in minutes to hours or long-lasting effects of 24 to 72 hours, should be viewed with caution, the agency warned.

Consumers should also be skeptical of products that claim to be alternatives to or similar to FDA-approved drugs; those that say they are a legal alternative to anabolic steroids; and those marketed primarily in foreign languages and through mass e-mails, officials cautioned.

FDA is launching a new RSS feed, which is a Web-based service, so consumers can keep abreast of rapidly changing developments regarding tainted supplements and other products.

The agency is also introducing a new way for industry to refer suspects, including referring them anonymously, Sharfstein said.

Representatives from five trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry -- the Council for Responsible Nutrition, Natural Products Association, United Natural Products Alliance, Consumer Healthcare Products Association and American Herbal Products Association -- also spoke at the news conference pledging their support, including help putting out the word within the industry.

"We want to drive these pirates out of our industry to protect the public health and safety of millions of consumers who do rely on these products for daily health needs," said Loren Israelsen, executive director of the United Natural Products Alliance.

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