MosKa, an Australian energy drink that claimed to naturally increase sexual performance, was banned in its home country after authorities found it contained vardenafil, a drug you may recognize by its brand name: Levitra.
The "100% natural traditional sex food" with "no drug or chemical in it" that MosKa advertised, it turns out, was too good to be true.
Giving customers an erectile dysfunction drug they aren't prescribed carries health risk beyond erections that last more than four hours. Levitra poses serious side effects for men with preexisting heart conditions, and can cause unsafe drops n blood pressure when taken with certain other drugs.
MosKa apologized in a statement on its website, claiming a third-party manufacturer included the drug without its knowledge:
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.
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 company says it is still working on new products, and ensuring that they will contain "no hidden ingredients." One can only imagine what's inside MosKa Pink, its forthcoming "all natural herbal health drink for women."
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