Published on May 25, 2004 at 5:56 AM
Health Canada is warning consumers not to use Bell Magnum Bullet capsules, after it was found to contain an unauthorized substance similar, but not identical to, tadalafil. Tadalafil is a prescription drug approved for male erectile dysfunction
, sold under the brand name Cialis
®. Inappropriate use of tadalafil could cause severe adverse reactions.
Given the close chemical similarity between tadalafil and the substance identified in Bell Magnum Bullet capsules, the known serious health risks associated with tadalafil could also occur with the use of this product. Since Bell Magnum Bullet is not an approved drug product permitted for sale on the Canadian market, the safe use of this product cannot be assured and there may be other unknown risks associated with its use.
Tadalifil should not be used by individuals who are taking any nitrate medication or products. Nitrate medications are commonly used for some types of heart disease such as angina. Concurrent use could result in the development of potentially life-threatening low blood pressure. In extremely rare instances, use of tadalafil may potentially result in penile tissue damage and permanent loss of potency.
Health Canada has required that the distributor immediately cease sale of this product and has requested a recall . Bell Magnum Bullet is distributed by Bell Lifestyle Products Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario. Bell Magnum Bullet is available in white opaque capsules. It is packaged in blister packs each sheet containing 5 capsules; 2 sheets per box. Printing on the back of the blister pack states: "Bell Magnum Bullet 150 mg 10230 Made in Canada". It is sold primarily in health care stores across Canada.
Bell Magnum Bullet does not have a DIN (drug identification number), and is not labelled to show that it contains a substance similar to tadalafil.
Health Canada is issuing this warning to advise consumers, health care professionals, and the provincial Ministries of Health of the safety issues related to the use of Bell Magnum Bullet. Consumers who have this product in their possession should cease use immediately and consult their physicians. Consumers who have used Bell Magnum and have concerns should similarly contact their physicians or health care providers. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca