The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has warned Kenyans against the buying and use of a popular drug commonly known as ‘Asali ya wazee’, that allegedly enhances sex amongst adults.
In a statement, the board said it had conducted thorough tests on the honey-based product and detected significant adulteration.
The product is manufactured by a local company and is believed to be in circulation within the Kenyan market.
PPB said the product is advertised and claimed to be herbal and 100 per cent natural.
“The product has high levels of a conventional active pharmaceutical ingredient, known as Sildenafil, which is prescribed for management of erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension,” the statement read.
Further, the PPB noted that the Sildenafil found in the product is classified as a Prescription-Only Medicine and its excessive consumption poses serious safety and health hazards.
“In view of the above, the PPB strongly cautions the public against use or involvement in the trade, distribution, wholesale, retail, issuance or dispensing of this product,” it said.
“Any person found dealing with or distributing these products will be subjected to legal action.”
The board cautioned the public against the use of health products that have not obtained approval from the PPB.
“We encourage both the general public and healthcare providers to promptly report any suspected substandard and falsified medical products.”