Stop! Before taking that ProSolution enhancer you might want to know what the FDA has to say about it first.
The US Food and Drug Administration recently posted a warning about ProSolution Male Potency Formula. The warning states that a “hidden drug ingredient” was found in ProSolution pills and was identified as the erectile dysfunction drug called sildenafil. The statement also revealed that the product was pulled from an international mail shipment. Whether the product was entering or leaving the US was not disclosed.
As you may already know, sildenafil is the active ingredient found in Viagra and is not for use in over-the-counter products. Sildenafil is a controlled substance in the US because it poses certain health risks especially to those taking nitrate medications. When taking nitrates for blood pressure problems, sildenafil can lower blood pressure to unsafe levels. Therefore, mixing the two drugs should be avoided unless specifically prescribed by a doctor.
Unfortunately, the FDA does not go into much detail in warnings such as this. We want to know is if this is a legitimate product or a counterfeit one? Usually there is some tell-tale sign of something being counterfeit: grammatical errors and slight printing differences on packaging.
In the image above, notice the differences between the FDA sample and a stock photo from the manufacturer. If you look carefully you can definitely see slight differences in the typefaces. The package on the left seems sloppier in type spacing and alignment. Compare the bottom curl in the letter “t” and also the second “e” in the word “enhancement”. Lastly, the real box has two asterisks at the end of the word “System” whereas the questionable package has only one.
None of my detective work really proves anything, but it’s fun to try anyway.
My reason for questioning its legitimacy is that I have used other ProSolution products and never suspected anything fishy. ProSolution Plus and ProSolution Gel were both quality products in my opinion. I’ve never actually used plain old ProSolution pills, but I have my doubts that the product in question was genuine.
It is my understanding that Leading Edge Health manufacturers and distributes the ProSolution line of products out of Johnson City, Tennessee. Their company name and address is printed on the product labels and I have received product samples from them directly.
I feel strongly that Leading Edge Health is a good company and wouldn’t be surprised if the FDA’s sample was a counterfeit shipment of ProSolution. Nevertheless, I can’t be sure.
See, when you have a fairly popular product such as this, the bad guys try to capitalize on it by counterfeiting it. When you have the means it’s fairly lucrative to stamp out some fake pills laced with drugs, copy the packaging, and then ship the crap to whoever will take it. This is the reason to avoid buying these products on eBay or Amazon as these marketplaces seem to welcome it as long as it’s called a dietary supplement.
This goes to show you that you never know about supplements or any other product for that matter. Apparently, it’s pretty easy to bypass FDA scrutiny by simply labeling something as a “dietary supplement.” Eventually, the FDA might find out, but by then these items have already been purchased by thousands of consumers.
Don’t get me wrong. The purpose of this article is not to discredit the FDA or make light of its warnings. I think that the FDA is doing a decent job considering what they are up against. Their medical health fraud alerts helps keep us safe and their regulations keep most companies in line.
FDA Source: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/MedicationHealthFraud/ucm586036.htm