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Acai berry pills warning

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Dec. 8 notice from Health Canada warns consumers to avoid certain acai-berry-based products, including dietary supplements marketed as having anti-aging and weight-loss benefits. Large shipments of Anti-Aging Acai Berry, Anti-Aging Vital Rez V and Weight Loss Vital Acai, among others, were stopped at the Candian border and found to contain undeclared sildenafil, a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and sold under various trade names including Viagra. Canadian health authority notes that sildenafil has been linked to serious side effects, particularly in people taking nitrate drugs or with heart problems, though no domestic reports of associated adverse reactions have been received. Agency reminds consumers that products cleared for sale in Canada will bear a Drug Identification Number, Natural Product Number or Homeopathic Medicine Number on the label. The adulterated products, which have no such identifier, may have been purchased online, it surmises
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