Godwin Bonge Muhwezi
ENERGY DRINK ZAMBIA PROBE VIAGRA
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) will analyze samples of an energy drink that a consumer has sat upright for nearly six hours.
Recently, a consumer complained to the National Drug Authority (NDA) that Natural Power SX energy drink had given him an erection for nearly six hours.
The consumer also reportedly experienced an abnormal heartbeat and constant sweating after ingesting the drink.
NDA has forwarded the matter to UNBS for further investigation as it has no mandate to regulate energy drinks.
“This, therefore, to share the findings of this analysis with UNBS for your further management, as NDA does not regulate energy drinks,” NDA said in a letter.
UNBS chief PR officer Godwin Bonge Muhwezi acknowledged receipt of the letter and said action would be taken after investigation.
“We have received the letter and we will launch investigations and conduct further analysis to find out the contents of the product. Action will be taken following the findings,” Muhwezi said.
Natural Power SX is an imported energy drink manufactured by a Zambian company known as Revin Zambia Ltd.
UNBS is charged with formulating and promoting the use of standards; enforcing standards for the protection of public health and safety and the environment against dangerous and substandard products.
Previously, NDA ran tests on the samples and found some counterfeits on the drink.
“Following the complaint, NDA sampled the product (batch number E66C and expired at 30this August 2019) from Mega Standard Supermarket at 30this October 2018 and subjected it to a full monograph analysis using a methodology adopted from USP. The results obtained indicated that the product was adulterated with Sildenafil Citrate,” said NDA in a letter dated December 28 and received by UNBS on January 4, 2019.
The drug authority says it is their mandate to ensure the availability of essential, effective and cost-effective medicines to the population at all times.
Sildenafil is used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). It is also used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), according to healthline.com.