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Canada: Five unauthorized products seized from Keebo Sports Supplements in Winnipeg may pose serious health risks
Health Canada seized five unauthorized products promoted as workout or weight loss supplements from Keebo Sports Supplements at 1504 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The products are labelled to contain various prescription and other drug substances that may pose serious risks to the health of Canadians.

The five unauthorized products include:
• Yohimbine (manufactured by Prime Nutrition): contain yohimbine HCl;
• Diesel Fuel Stim (manufactured by Tokkyo Nutrition): contain Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract (std. min 90% alpha yohimbinw [sic]) (rootbark);
• Amp-Stim (manufactured by Logan Carter): contain Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract (std. min 90% alpha yohimbine) (rootbark);
• HydroxyElite (manufactured by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.): contain 1,3 Dimethylamylamine HCl; and
• Andro Quad (manufactured by Primeval Labs): contain epiandrosterone and 4-androsterone

Yohimbine is a prescription drug and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. The use of drugs containing yohimbine (either as yohimbine hydrochloride or yohimbe bark extract) may result in serious adverse reactions, particularly in people with high blood pressure, or heart, kidney or liver disease. Side effects associated with yohimbine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, anxiety, dizziness, tremors, headache, nausea and sleep disorders. It should not be used by children, or pregnant or nursing women.

Rauwolfia is a prescription drug that can be used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). People with heart conditions or psychiatric disorders should receive close medical supervision when using it as it can make certain conditions, such as depression, worse. Common side effects include tiredness, sleepiness, depression, nasal obstruction and breathlessness. Rauwolfia should not be used by children, or pregnant or nursing women.

1,3-Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) is a drug that is not authorized for use in Canada. Side effects include high blood pressure, shortness of breath, chest pain, stroke and psychiatric disorders.

Epiandrosterone and 4-androsterone are drugs that are not authorized for use in Canada. Epiandrosterone is a metabolite of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and is a weak androgen, or male hormone. DHEA can cause higher than normal levels of male hormones in the body and could increase the risk of prostate, breast, ovarian and other hormone-sensitive cancers. Potential side effects include serious cardiovascular disease, and changes in fertility and sperm production. DHEA should be avoided by individuals with a history of abnormal heart rhythms, blood clotting disorders, liver disease, and those who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

4-androsterone is a metabolite of testosterone. Risks of using testosterone can include liver disease, heart disease and behavioural changes. Testosterone should not be used in men with prostate cancer.

Consumers are advised to stop using these products, and consult with their health care professional if they have used any of these products and have health concerns.

Please refer to the following website in Health Canada for details:

In Hong Kong, the above products are not registered pharmaceutical products. All products containing the above ingredients must be registered as pharmaceutical products before they can be sold, offered for sale, distributed or possessed for the purposes of sales, distribution or other use in Hong Kong. The registration number for a registered pharmaceutical product should be labelled on the sales pack in the form of "HK-XXXXX". The information of all registered pharmaceutical products can be identified from the Drug Office website at the following link: .

Ends/ Monday, October 03, 2016
Issued at HKT 14:00