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Original Rhino pill maker sentenced to 4 years in prison for smuggling erectile dysfunction drugs sold as herbal supplements

rhino-pillRhino Pills and other herbal sex supplements for men often contain hidden ingredients that have caused injuries and even, in rare cases death to consumers.  These types of supplements can still be found at many gas stations around the country, at Walmart and on Amazon despite multiple FDA warnings and  the original manufacturer of the Rhino pill being sentenced yesterday to 4 years in prison.

Nam Hyun Lee, an illegal immigrant from South Korea based in California got into the business of selling sex herbal supplements in 2015.  His marketing was convincing with flashy Rhino labels and consumers quickly noticed that the supplements were actually working. Lee illegally  spiked his herbal supplements with Sildenafil or Tadalafil, the drugs used in Viagra and Cialis. The drugs were illegally imported from China, packaged at warehouses in Southern California and shipped all over the country. Lee was caught when one of the drug packages sent under the description “acrylic paint” was seized by custom agents and tested positive for Sildenafil.  He was arrested in 2018 and has been in federal custody since that date. It is estimated he sold between $3 million and $9 million of sex supplements.

While Lee has been convicted, other unscrupulous competitors quickly took over the market and continue to sell the Rhino brand name or other variations of sex herbal supplements.  Gas stations, Walmart and Amazon still sell them despite multiple FDA warnings.

A Californian men who suffered a heart attack and brain damage is suing Amazon for selling a pill named “Rhino50K”. The lawsuit is scheduled for trial in 2022.

While Lee was spiking his supplement with real erectile dysfunction drugs, other manufacturers have used analogue or experimental variations of existing drugs that have not been tested for safety. Many of these supplements also contain glyburide, a drug for diabetes. In 2019, 17 men from Virginia were hospitalized after consuming an herbal supplement sold under the name “V8 male enhancement”. The pill contained a mix of  erectile dysfunction drug and glyburide that caused severe hypoglycemia. A dozen died in South East Asia for similar reasons earlier in 2007 and 2008.

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