A sex pill sold in gas stations is stronger than Viagra and can cause erections that last so long they damage users’ penises, officials say.
The drugs, branded Krazzy Rhino, Platinum Rhino or Gold Rhino contain ingredients such as sildenafil, which is also found in clinical alternatives such as Viagra, Cialis or Kamagra, all of which can only be obtained with a prescription.
Their lurid packaging boasts of giving users ‘stamina, size and time’ – enabling them to ‘maximize the time of intercourse’ and avoid premature ejaculation.
Rhino also claims to offer men ‘amazing increase in thickness’ and ‘rock hard erections’ – with the US Food and Drug Administration warning that the pills may deliver on their promises, but with extremely dangerous side effects.
These include prolonged erections which can cause penis damage, extreme drops in blood pressure and severe headaches.
In August, Attorney Robert Tauler of Tauler Smith LLP, who specializes in adulterated supplements and false advertising, filed a lawsuit against Sunoco gas stations in Detroit for selling the pills that contain the prescription ingredients, including Rhino products.
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‘The FDA has been combating the retail sale of male enhancement drug products that are frequently misrepresented as dietary supplements and that contain hidden and potentially harmful active drug ingredients,’ said spokesman Donald Ashley.
He added: ‘Use common sense. Claims that sound too good to be true probably are.’
FDA officials also warned that Rhino pills can interact dangerously with common prescription drugs for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.
The pills are most commonly found at convenience stores and gas stations, although their potency has also spawned a huge black market.
Since 2015, The FDA has been investigating a South Korean suspect living in the Los Angeles area for smuggling raw ingredients used to make the products and distributing them.
The suspect, who is unnamed by the report, has been indicted and is being prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, although it is unclear whether this single case will stop the dangerous pills being produced.
Over the past ten years, the FDA has released hundreds of public warnings and recall announcements about the pills.
They are often misrepresented as dietary supplements that promote sexual enhancement, weight loss, or pain relief, according to the FDA.
The FDA has identified more than 25 different variations of Rhino pills that contain hidden ingredients since 2007.