The Game Is Up
Thin layer chromatography and SERS track down Viagra in adulterated healthcare products
Joanna Cummings |
Drug counterfeiters, beware. A new method has allowed scientists from China to analyze for adulteration in widely available health supplements – detecting small amounts of Viagra, as well as other phosphodiesterase type 5 enzyme (PDE-5) inhibitors.
Adulterated medication and supplements can be extremely dangerous to human health. “Natural” aphrodisiacs are frequently adulterated with pharmaceutical drugs such as PDE-5 inhibitors. Drugs like Viagra can already cause side effects such as dizziness and a runny nose – not exactly conducive to an amorous encounter – but, more seriously, unmeasured or unapproved doses (which are impossible to judge in cases of adulteration) can cause cardiovascular problems and are dangerous for those with heart disease.
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