Tue, Jan 17, 2006 - Page 4 News List

Sex shop sold laced drugs

By Jenny Chou  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taipei City Government's Department of Health yesterday said that only one of 54 sex shops was found to be stocking products that violated health regulations following a round of inspections.

Nine products claiming to boost male potency that did not meet health regulations were found in a sex shop in Wenshan District. Two of the products contained methamphetamine, while the others contained Bufalin, Sildenafil and Lidocaine. Bufalin increases the heart rate, has anesthetic effects and reduces swelling. Lidocaine also has anesthetic effects.

Chiang Yu-mei (姜郁美), head of the department's Food and Drug Division, said that the shop on Section 2 of Xinglong Road was not licensed to sell drugs of any type and that methamphetamine is a proscribed drug not to be manufactured, used or sold.

"Spanish Fly," a sexual potency drug, was another substance that was confiscated after it was found to contain methamphetamine, while a spray named "wonder oil" was found to contain Bufalin.

Products at the shop packaged as "Cialis" were found to contain Sildenafil, an active ingredient in Viagra. Sildenafil is dangerous for people with high blood pressure and heart problems.

Products packaged as "Viagra" were found to contain methyltestosterone, a male hormone, in addition to the active ingredient Sildenafil.

Viagra and Cialia are drugs approved by health authorities as treatment for erectile dysfunction.

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