FDA warns e-cigarette company on use of erectile dysfunction drug
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning last week to an e-cigarette company that it says sold vaping e-liquid products containing the active ingredients in erectile dysfunction drugs Cialis and Viagra.
The FDA gave China-based HelloCig Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. 15 days to address concerns some of its products used “unapproved new drugs.”
“E-Cialis HelloCig E-Liquid” contained sildenafil (active in Viagra) and tadalafil (active in Cialis). “E-Rimonabant HelloCig E-Liquid” contained sildenafil, the FDA said a lab analysis of the e-liquids confirmed.
Both Cialis and Viagra are FDA-approved drugs, but they are not approved to be added to e-cigarette liquids.
The link the FDA included in its letter was no longer on the company’s website when USA TODAY tried to access it Friday evening. HelloCig also did not respond immediately to USA TODAY’s request for comment.