Recall of OTC Erection Pills


I’m sure you’ve seen the late night ads promoting “male sexual enhancement” or the pills behind the plexiglass at the porn store. Perhaps you’ve bought some of them and even had the desired results. But as I’ve written before, those pills sometimes have unlisted ingredients that can cause dangerous problems or even include contaminants like talcum powder, commercial paint, printer ink and amphetamine. Usually, these pills get by because the FDA is underfunded and overworked. Good Vibrations doesn’t carry these products because there’s no way to verify their safety or effectiveness.

So in that light, it’s good to see that AVNS Inc. announced today it is voluntarily recalling The Best Enhancement Supplement, their erection pill, which contains sulfoaildenafil, an analogue of sildenafil, the active ingredient of Viagra. The active drug ingredient is not listed on the product label, which means that people with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease shouldn’t use it.

So far AVNS Inc. isn’t aware of any reports made to the FDA about adverse effects and they haven’t received any complaints. But they’re notifying their customers of the FDA’s findings and offering a full refund. Customers with questions can call or AVNS at (562) 602-6515 or email for instructions on the return process.

According to the AVN piece, AVNS’ position is that that the company did not in any way knowingly or intentionally violate the law with regard to the distribution of these products.

Adverse reaction or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail, or by fax. (Online:; Regular Mail: use postage-paid, pre-addressed Form FDA 3500 available at Mail to address on the pre-addressed form; Fax: (800) FDA-0178.)


Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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