Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Somewhere, Elvis is rolling over

Or maybe not. Who knows, maybe The King, and said signature tune, would have been Viagra's spokesman had it been around back then.

But this is just wrong. And it's so gay.

On a related note, have you heard the ads for "natural enhancements"? You know, the ones that guarantee results, "drug free"? Well apparently they aren't as innocuous as the men buying them might think.

"Are you lonesome, tonight?"

Impotency products heralded as “all-natural” and bearing labels abundant in herbal ingredients also include unregulated versions of precisely the chemicals they are supposed to replace, the Associated Press reports.

The AP says that its investigation emphasizes a growing public health concern that officials do not yet know how to track or ameliorate. This could prove difficult, as herbal impotency pills are much sought after – as sales worth approximately $400 million in 2006 prove.

At greatest risk are men who take nitrates and are well aware that prescription sex medication like Viagra, Cialis or Levitra is not recommended for them, should they wish to enhance their sexual performance.

James Neal-Kababick, director of Oregon-based Flora Research Laboratories, told the AP that about 90 percent of the hundreds of samples he has analyzed contained forms of patented pharmaceuticals. Some of these presented doses more than twice that of prescription erectile dysfunction medicine.

No deaths have been reported, yet all-natural sex pills have caused numerous emergency room visits, the AP notes.

Older men, more likely to have heart or blood pressure problems as well as erectile dysfunctions, are not the only ones that suffer unanticipated side effects of herbal pills.

The wire service reports that records of emergency room visits showed men in their 30s, in good health, nevertheless suffered after taking herbal sex pills, presenting side effects of the active ingredients in regulated impotency pharmaceuticals, such as difficulty seeing clearly or severe headaches.

Public health officials consider that these cases could be vastly underreported, with patients too embarrassed to share such experiences.



Jobee said...

I don't think we are supposed to describe things as "gay" dear. Not very PC.

Roonz said...

When people ask me why I get so upset about direct to consumer advertising I simply reference this commercial. What a waste of money. They should just have a commercial with drug company exec's sitting around burning money, laughing their asses off b/c every 15 seconds someone is replenishing their money stack.