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Advisory – “Natural Vigor Maximum” Removed From Retail Stores in Ontario and Online

June 21, 2012

OTTAWA, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ -

The issue:

“Natural Vigor Maximum” (Exemption Number: 138273) has been removed from
sale from various retail outlets in Ontario after testing by Health
Canada identified a hidden ingredient (dimethylhomosildenafil) that may
pose serious risks to the health of Canadians.

Who is affected:

Canadians using “Natural Vigor Maximum,” particularly individuals with
heart problems, those at risk of stroke or those taking any nitrate
drug (e.g. nitroglycerine). The product was sold by distributor Magic
Health Food Corporation at Magic Health (Toronto), Herb Vitamin
(Mississauga) and Smart Natural Health Products Inc. (Markham), as well
as through its website. As of June 19, 2012, Health Canada has not
received any adverse reactions reports associated with the use of this

    |What consumers should do:                                           |
    |                                                                    |
    |    --  Speak to your healthcare practitioner about any questions or|
    |        concerns regarding this product.                            |
    |    --  Contact the distributor, Magic Health Food Corporation, at  |
    |        416-532-1678 concerning the recall of this product.         |
    |    --  Report any adverse reaction potentially related to these    |

What Health Canada is doing:

Health Canada is monitoring the voluntary recall by Magic Health Food

As “Natural Vigor Maximum” was manufactured in Canada by Professional
Botanicals Inc., these products may have been sold in additional retail


Natural Vigor Maximum was marketed for increasing sexual energy and

Dimethylhomosildenafil is similar to the drug sildenafil, a prescription
medication that should only be used under the supervision of a health
care practitioner. Products containing sildenafil should never be used
by individuals taking any kind of nitrate drug (e.g. nitroglycerine) as
it can cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure.

Individuals with heart problems including high blood pressure, a history
of heart attack, stroke, abnormal heart beat or chest pain are at
higher risk of cardio-vascular side effects if they engage in sexual
activity, including if they use sildenafil to help them achieve an
erection. Other possible side-effects of using sildenafil include
headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision and
hearing loss.

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

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SOURCE Health Canada

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