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Detroit Gas Stations Named In Federal Lawsuit For Selling Viagra Without Prescription

The pills claim to be all natural, but actually contain the ingredients to Viagra.

August 13, 2018 - 5:16 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) -- More than 60 Sunoco gas stations in Detroit have been named in a federal lawsuit alleging they have been illegally selling male enhancement pills that have led to health issues, including one death in Detroit.

The pills, which go by a number of different names, claim to be all natural, but actually contain the ingredients to Viagra.

Attorney Robert Tauler, of Tauler Smith LLP, says without a proper prescription, taking the pill can be dangerous.

“People will have heart attacks, strokes, there may be contraindications with medicines you’re taking for low blood pressure or for diabetes,” Tauler said.

Tauler says independent testing has shown the pill's ingredients contain anti-depressants, lead, and arsenic -- what he calls "things that can have a world of negative effects in your body."

The lawsuit seeks damages which are still being tabulated. Tauler says one death in Detroit is being blamed on the pills.

“I think the bottom line is, people need to be very careful of what they consume," Tauler said. "Do not trust products that you see in retail."

Tauler suggests that all consumers stop buying the products, saying doing so will "end the cycle once and for all."

“Don’t be tempted by purchasing these products because it is like playing Russian Roulette," he said.

While the monetary amount the lawsuit is seeking is yet to be determined, Tauler says the suppliers should be docked for all the money they made illegally.

“Because they have lied to consumers, because they have done something illicit, they should not retain a single nickel.”