Health consequences include indigestion, photophobia, blurred vision and even fatal heart conditions
As the country grapples with counterfeit lifestyle medicines, anti-malarial drugs and antibiotics, the National Drug Authority (NDA) has issued an alert over sexual herbal drugs being sold on the Ugandan market.
Hellen Byomire Ndagije, the head of product safety at NDA said that Sexual Booster Powder, Man Power, Man-Po, Huluwa, Man Power (Baami) and Medicine For Men, are not registered and they contain dangerous chemicals.
"Adulterated herbal products have serious health consequences including indigestion, photophobia, blurred vision and even fatal heart conditions and sudden hearing loss that have been associated with misuse of aphrodisiac," said Ndagije.
The discovery followed a joint operation by the NDA and Police on illegal drug dealers, substandard drugs and counterfeit medicines.
Over 300 drug shops were closed and at least 412 boxes of assorted drugs estimated at sh270m were also impounded.
The unscrupulous business people are allegedly fleecing unsuspecting members of the public by selling a packet of the drugs at about sh80,000.
"All pharmacies, health providers and the public are advised to exercise caution and vigilance while handling medicines and to report any illegal suppliers of medicine to NDA," said NDA spokesperson Fredrick Ssekyana, adding that anyone found in possession of the products would be prosecuted.