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FDA Delivers Magic Power Coffee Warning

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, June 21, 2010 9:45 AM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Coffee, Sexual Enhancement, Viagra, FDA

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A coffee that does more than deliver an instant jolt in the morning?

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to stop using an instant coffee that says it can deliver a sexual jolt as well.

Magic Power Coffee is coffee with an additional chemical, hydroxythiohomosildenafil, similar to sildenafil which is the active ingredient in the prescription drug, Viagra, reports CNN.

Customers should stop using the coffee because it can lead to dangerously low blood pressure which can cause the brain to be deprived of an adequate blood supply causing dizziness or lightheadedness, says the FDA statement.

The chemical may interact with other prescription drugs, especially nitrates.

Consumers may assume because the coffee is called an “all natural dietary supplement” that it is harmless and has no health risks. Deborah Autor, with the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research says the coffee and other sexual enhancement products that claim to work like prescription drugs “are likely to expose consumers to unpredictable risks” including the potential for injury and death.

No injuries are reported from the Magic Power Coffee which is available online.

Its label says to “consult a physician before using this product if you have any medical condition including but not limited to, strokes, high blood pressure, heart, liver, kidney or thyroid disease, diabetes, anemia, depression, anxiety, other psychiatric conditions, a family history of these or other medical conditions, or if taking any prescription, OTC and/or other herbal medications.”

Consumers and health care professionals should report problems to the FDA's MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088.

The FDA is on the lookout for products marked as dietary supplements for sexual enhancement that contain undeclared active ingredients. Many may mimic the effects of FDA-approved drugs, or contain compounds of FDA approved drugs that do not qualify as “dietary ingredients.” Multiple alerts issued by the FDA about these contaminated dietary supplements can be found here.

“The FDA is committed to protecting public health and stopping the illegal marketing of unapproved drugs,” said Autor. “We support vigorous law enforcement and criminal prosecution of violators of safe drug laws. #


5 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by Mike
Monday, June 21, 2010 1:59 PM EST

I've been a user of Magic Power Coffee for awhile now and I take nitrates for chest pain. The product works as advertised via word of mouth network marketing. I've had no side effects whatsoever.

In fact, I have several boxes of Magic Power Coffee on my kitchen table bearing the FDA registration Number 10197082478.

I find it suspicious that the FDA has waited until now, only a short period of time after Pfizer lost part of its patent for Viagra, to make this press release.

Furthermore, the FDA warns all consumers to quit using the Magic Power Coffee product period, not just the people like me who take nitrates. I've seen the commercials for Viagra, Cialis, and Leviethra and they only warn against use by people taking nitrates.

So I pose this possibility: is it possible that someone in FDA is being bought off by a large drug company?

Otherwise, why does the FDA press release refer to the marketing plan for Magic Power Coffee" as "some Mutilevel Marketing scheme" like that was a bad thing. Network marketing (also known as MLM) is here to stay. Donald Trump just started a MLM company.

I smell a rat! I believe the press should be cautious in assailing a company and its product until that company has had adequate time to formulate a response.

The press release was made over the weekend and it's only Monday.

One other thing: On the back of each box of Magic Power Coffee is the following:

Disclaimer: "Not intended for use by persons under 18 years of age or women who are pregnant or nursing. Consult a physician before using this prouct if you have any medical condition, or if you are taking any prescription, OTC, ad/or herbal medications."

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, June 21, 2010 2:52 PM EST

Hi Mike-
Thanks for writing. You are right to be skeptical because so often the FDA acts on behalf of manufacturers, sometimes leaning too much in the industry interest, less in the public interest.

It seems to be trying to change that. I'm glad you've had no problems but there is some reason to be concerned. I talked to Ira Allen with the FDA press office with your questions. He says:


“The amount of drug and it is an analog, in an amount much greater than would be allowed by prescription."

Why the recall now?

“Because we only were now just able to test it and come up with the composition. We found out and tested it.”

“Because the amount of the drug in this product is such that it can lower blood pressure and that can be dangerous to almost anybody if they’re not aware of it."

“We asked the company to recall it. They did not do so we put out an urgent public warning over the weekend. We would like them to recall it or tell their users to stop use it."

Who makes it?

“The manufacturer is INZ / Magic Power Coffee Inc. Brooklyn, NY. The product was made by a Chinese company.”

Can you force a recall?

“We are continuing to investigate and compile information that might help us take further regulatory action.”

The FDA can order the product seized but rarely does so preferring to work cooperatively because it is quicker and less complicated. Stay tuned to this one!

Thanks for writing-Jane Akre

Posted by Marcus Griggs
Monday, June 21, 2010 9:38 PM EST

When I first got wind of the news, I knew it wasn’t true. Most new companies will experience media hype and more based on false information. All Nautal Ingredience is placed on the package lable along with warnings.To my understanding that the coffee helps lower blood presure and the FDA has no reports of side effects or people passing out or dead for that matter. Does the media go to far? Supplimental vitamins,herbs and alturnative medicine have always been and always will be a big issue in the medical field. How are these so called medical break thoughs found? Think about it and you will draw your own conclusion about all natural herbs and alternative medicine.

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Marcus G

Posted by Ralph
Saturday, July 17, 2010 1:52 AM EST

First if you read the report there has been NO dangerously low blood pressure reported to anyone.
I use Magic power Coffee with a Doz. Meds and my Dr says everything is ok and to keep doing the same.

Next let me say, the FDA did not shut Magic Power Coffee down. Yes with some companies it could have been. But Magic Power Coffee is not letting that happen. Because Magic Power Coffee is taking advantage of the publicity it has gotten from it.

Yes changes had to be made to be right with the FDA. You will be seeing Magic Power Coffee in the News again very soon.

The coffee is not the only product anymore. The all-new Magic Shot has been introduced to the Magic Power line of products. The new products start shipping 7/19/10.


Check the new sites out.

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LINK biz/
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Thank you
Ralph


PS: If I drink 1 beer will I be drunk?
If I drink 12 beers will be drunk?
They both contain alcohol.

Anonymous User
Posted by Jay
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 11:26 AM EST

I have been a user of the original formula Magic Power Coffee, and a distributor. It worked fine with NO side effects. I'm holding on to mine. I stopped selling the product when the recall came out.

The company has a new product called Power Shots. It did not work for me! I guess the ingredient not on the label was what made original product work.

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