Zambia seizes ‘erection-causing’ energy drink

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LUSAKA, Zambia

A local manufacturer has been barred from the production and distribution of an energy drink that reportedly caused a prolonged erection in a man, Zambian authorities said Tuesday.

The decision follows a directive by another African country Uganda, in a letter dated December 28, 2018 by its National Drug Authority (NDA) that noted that it had tested samples from a bottle of Natural power SX after a customer complained of constant sweating and an erection lasting nearly six hours

NDA said the drink contained sildenafil citrate used to treat erectile dysfunction.

The drink is manufactured by Revin Zambia Limited, a company located in Ndola in the north of the country.

But, the company’s General Manager, Vikas Kapoor, said the drink does not contain any drugs.

In a joint statement, the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority, the Ndola City Council and the Zambia Bureau of Standards said they had instituted investigations in the matter and will release the findings to the public:

It read: “Officers from the three institutions are on the ground to collect samples of the raw materials and of the finished product for analytical tests that will determine if there is any truth to the claims being made. The outcome of this investigation will be communicated to the public as soon as results are released,”

But, authorities in Uganda have begun to impound the energy drink.