A ‘natural’ energy drink has been banned in Australia after it was found to contain a prescription only erectile dysfunction drug at levels above the recommended dosage.
MosKa, described as a herbal energy drink designed to naturally enhance sexual performance, was found to contain Levitra - the brand name of drug vardenafil - when tested by Australian authorities.
Possible side effects of the drug include priapism - an abnormally long lasting and persistent erection, which can cause permanent damage, along with sudden hearing loss.
It is particularly dangerous for men with heart conditions - who are not prescribed the drug - due to possible cardiovascular side effects.
In a statement on the company's website, MosKa said the batches were produced by an external supplier and so they were unaware of the undeclared ingredient.read more