Hong Kong DOH warns vs Papapa

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THE Department of Health on March 7 urged the public not to buy or consume a virility product called “Papapa” after it was found to contain undeclared and controlled substances.

Following a public complaint, the department collected samples of the above product for analysis. Results from the Government Laboratory confirmed that the samples contained tadalafil, which is a Part 1 poison under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance (PPO) (Cap 138), as well as hydroxyhomosildenafil and hydroxythiohomosildenafil.

Tadalafil is used for erectile dysfunction and should only be used under the advice of a doctor. Side effects of tadalafil include low blood pressure, headache, vomiting, dizziness and transient vision disturbances.

It may interact with some drugs (such as nitroglycerin for the treatment of angina) and cause a decrease in blood pressure to dangerous levels. Improper use of tadalafil may pose serious health risks, especially for patients with heart problems.

Meanwhile, hydroxyhomosildenafil and hydroxythiohomosildenafil have not been proven for therapeutic use but they are expected to pose similar health risks as tadalafil.

According to the PPO, the illegal sale or possession of Part 1 poisons is a criminal offence and the maximum penalty is a fine of $100,000 and two years imprisonment.

Members of the public are strongly urged not to buy or consume products of doubtful composition. People who have purchased the above product should stop taking it immediately and consult healthcare professionals for advice if in doubt or feeling unwell after consumption.

They may submit the product to the DEpartment of Health’s Drug Office at Room 1856, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, during office hours for disposal.

The public may visit the Drug Office’s page for the health message on sexual dysfunction and virility products and information on virility products found to contain undeclared Western medicines