Malawi has banned Revin Tangawizi Drink and Revin Natural Power SX High Energy Drink for having life-threatening effects.
Malawi Bureau of Standards in conjunction with the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Board (PMPB) have immediately banned the supply and importation of the Revin drinks which are produced in Zambia after tests which the two bodies conducted revealed that the drinks contain Sildenafil Citrate, an erectile dysfunction drug.
According to MBS and PMPB, Sildenafil Citrate has life-threatening adverse effects that include abnormally raised or lowered blood pressure, chronic heart failure, prolonged painful erection, heart attack, respiratory depression, blurred vision, nose bleeding and intense sweating.
“This implies that presence of this medicine in the above stated energy drinks poses a health hazard to unsuspecting consumers,” says the statement.
Meanwhile, MBS has told Revin Malawi Limited and Gatbro International Limited to recall all the products of the brands that are on the market and to declare with evidence the quantities of the brands that were imported into the country, supplied to the market and recalled.
MBS has also advised consumers to desist from buying and consuming the Natural Power SX High Energy drink and Revin Tangawizi drinks until further notice.
In Zambia, Revin Zambia Limited based in the Copperbelt city of Ndola was also ordered by authorities to halt the production and distribution of the energy drink following reports that a man in Uganda had a six hour erection after drinking Revin.