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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


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Audience: Urologists, Consumers

Consumers were warned to stop using the dietary supplement / herbal products PC SPES and SPES capsules because they contain undeclared prescription drug ingredients that could cause serious health effects if not taken under medical supervision. Laboratory analysis of the products by the California Department of Health Services found PC SPES contains warfarin and SPES contains alprazolam. Warfarin and alprazolam are available only by prescription and sold either by their generic names or the trade names, Coumadin and Xanax. PC SPES and SPES are respectively marketed "for prostate health" and strengthening the immune system. BotanicLab, the manufacturer of the products, voluntarily recalled PC SPES and SPES nationwide.

[June 05, 2002 - Press Release - CA Dept of Health Services]
[Feb 08, 2002 - Press Release - CA Dept of Health Services]
[Feb 08, 2002 - Recall Notice - BotanicLab] link no longer available

UPDATED September 20, 2002