Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada will have either an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers indicate that the products have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.
Kang Da — Kang Da and four unlabelled products are marketed as herbal sexual enhancements and treatments for erectile dysfunction. The products are adulterated with sildenafil, a prescription medication used in the treatment of sexual dysfunction.
Qing Zhi — Qing Zhi and one unlabelled product are marketed as herbal weight-loss products. The products are adulterated with sibutramine, a prescription medication used to suppress appetite.
Health Canada advises Canadians to contact the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate at 1-800-267-9675 if they find any of the products listed in the table in the Canadian marketplace.
For more information about the information contained in this advisory, please contact Health Canada’s public enquiries line at (613) 957-2991 or toll-free at 1-866-225-0709.