The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) and the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons (PMPB), statutory organisations established by Acts of Parliament (Act No. 14 of 2012 and Cap 35:01, respectively) with the mandate to monitor the quality of food products and medicines, respectively, have jointly issued a ban on importation and supply of Revin energy drinks into Malawi.
This ban follows the analytical tests undertaken by the MBS and PMPB in reaction to the recent safety reports from Uganda and Zambia associated with the consumption of Revin energy drinks.
The analytical tests conducted by the MBS and the National Drug Quality Control Laboratory of the PMPB indicate that these Revin energy drinks are adulterated with Sildenafil citrate, an active pharmaceutical ingredient that is classified as Prescription Only Medicine (POM) in the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Regulations (40A of 1998). As prescription medicine, Sildenafil citrate can only be dispensed to a client upon production of a valid prescription by a certified medical practitioner as its use can result to severe life threatening adverse events especially if taken without proper diagnosis and prescription.
Some of adverse effects include abnormally raised or lowered blood pressure, chronic heart failure, prolonged painful erection, heart attack, respiratory depression, blurred vision, nose bleeding, intense sweating, increased heart rate among others.
This implies that presence of this medicine in the Revin energy drinks poses a health hazard to unsuspecting consumers.
The MBS and the PMPB therefore advises the general public to desist from buying and consuming the Natural Power SX energy drink and Revin Tangawizi drink until further notice from competent authorities. The public is also advised to inform the MBS or PMPB of any individual or shop found importing, stocking or selling the banned products for appropriate regulatory action.