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6 sex supplements contain hidden drugs, FDA warns

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on sex supplements again, warning the public on Monday about six products that were found to contain hidden drugs. The names of the tainted products are: Reload, Get It Up, Super Cheetah, Cave Diver, Nights to Remember and X Zen Platinum. All of the products are marketed for sexual enhancement, and sold on various websites and in some retail stores, the FDA said. All of the products were found to contain the drug sildenafil (sold under the brand name Viagra), and one was found to contain tadalafil (brand name Cialis). Sildenafil and tadalafil are prescription drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. Sex supplements are not allowed to contain prescription drugs, and the drugs are not included on the products' labels. Undeclared drugs in supplements are dangerous because consumers ingest these drugs without being told about their risks. Sildenafil and tadalafil can cause adverse reactions, including dangerously low blood pressure, if taken along with other prescription drugs that contain nitrates, the FDA says. (Some drugs prescribed to treat chest pain and heart disease contain nitrates.) Consumers who take the products listed in today's warnings should stop using them immediately, and throw them away, the FDA says. Last month, the FDA recalled two sex supplements, called Vicerex and Black Ant, because the products contained sildenafil and tadalafil. Earlier this year, the FDA warned consumers that several other sexual enhancement supplements contained undeclared drugs. Because the FDA is unable to test and identify all tainted sexual enhancement products, consumers should exercise caution before buying any products in this category, the agency said. Copyright 2013 LiveScience, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.source : http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/06/10/6-sex-supplements-contain-hidden-drugs-fda-warns/

Scotland researchers look to develop synthetic blood

Researchers in Scotland have been given a license by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to manufacture blood out of stem cells – essentially creating synthetic blood, BBC News reported. If their endeavor proves successful, they hope to move on to clinical trials, testing the blood in people.  According to BBC News, the regular use of synthetic blood could put an end to blood supply shortages and help people avoid infections contracted through donated blood. “Attaining these licenses has been a key goal for the Scottish Center for Regenerative Medicine, and we are delighted to have reached this important milestone,” said Janet Downie, chief operating officer at Roslin Cells, where the research is being conducted. Conducting clinical trials in humans would require another license from MHRA, along with other regulatory agencies. Click for more from BBC News.source : http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/05/31/scotland-researchers-look-to-develop-synthetic-blood/