The Medical Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has banned a number of male sexual performance enhancement drugs with immediate effect from the end of July.
The drugs include OTO Chao Jimengnan / Super Powerful Man, Niagra, Wild Horse, M-Energex, Rock Hard Weekend, 21st Century Herbs for Forty Plus Men, Uqedizininga Mens Libido and Power 1.
MCAZ had previously approved the drugs on the grounds that they were nutritional supplements, as they carried vague statements such as increasing ‘stamina’, without any overt claims for increasing libido.
The ‘supplements’ claimed 100% herbal content yet evidence from the USA and Australia indicate that the majority of them contain undeclared phosphodiesterase5 (PDE 5) inhibitors (sildenafil, tadalafil, verdalafil) or their analogues.
In a circular sent to various stakeholders including retailers, distributors and the police, MCAZ Director General Gugulethu Mahlangu writes that the organisation only approves the use of registered prescription sexual performance enhancement agents such assildenafil found in Viagra, Canova, Seregra and tadafilin Cialis for patients suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED).
“The unregistered male sexual performance enhancement agents are being sold to people who do not suffer from ED and have had no access to medical advice,” she said.
Mahlangu ordered all suppliers, distributors and retailers to withdraw such products from the market immediately and to contact the Authority for further advice.
“Any unregistered sexualperformance (libido) enhancing agentsfound onthe market will be confiscated and the owners of the product will be prosecuted for endangering public health,” she said.
Meanwhile the drugs are still being sold in various small shops across the city.
“If we pull out the medication we will lose money we have used to import our stock,” said a retailer who preferred anonymity.
He added that the authority should have investigated the chemical composition of the medication before approving it in the first place.