A lawsuit filed in Houston federal court in August claims that at least 15 gas stations scattered throughout the Houston area have been selling pills packaged as over-the-counter "sexual enhancement" supplements that actually contain a number of prescription drugs. Although the pills are marketed with statements like "all natural," "no harmful synthetic chemicals," and "no prescription necessary," the lawsuit alleges that independent lab testing has detected drugs including sildenafil, tadalafil, desmethyl carbodenafil, and dapoxetine-otherwise known as Viagra, Cialis, Priligy, and Westoxetin, respectively.
Zofran (ondansetron) is an antinausea drug originally developed to help cancer patients with the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The drug works by preventing a certain type of nerve receptor from sending signals that the brain interprets as nausea. As doctors started noticing how effective it was, they began to prescribe it to pregnant patients for morning sickness "off-label," which means that the Food and Drug Administration never approved it for that use. It became the most commonly prescribed morning-sickness treatment in America, but now hundreds of mothers are filing lawsuits against Zofran's manufacturers, claiming that it caused severe birth defects, including heart defects, cleft palates and lips, kidney malformations, skull deformities, and club foot.