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Warning over “cheap substitute drug” 


Police in Spain are warning about the dangers of taking a cheap substitute for Viagra which is flooding holiday hotspots.

Kamagra, said to be a “miracle” cure for erectile dysfunction, is illegal in Spain but is favoured by young people because it only costs about eight euros for a pill or a sachet of gel with different flavours.

It is being smuggled into the country from India where it is manufactured, either hidden in suitcases through airports or by post direct from India.

Around 500 doses have been found during raids in Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Marbella and San Pedro de Alcántara. Two of the premises were sport stores, whilst another was a sex shop.

In the other two cases, individuals were selling them online which is also illegal.

At one stage, officers in Malaga found Kamagra being offered for sale on the internet, hidden under a notice advertising a Mini Vespa.

Police say most of the customers are young people, usually between 20 and 30 years, and many of them linked to the sport of weight-lifting or bodybuilding because the excessive consumption of anabolic steroids can lead to problems of erectile dysfunction.

“This illegal drug can have serious health effects if not prescribed by a physician,” said a spokesman for Seprona, the environmental arm of the Spanish Civil Guard.

The product was first found for sale in Spain in 2011 but its use and sale is escalating. The pills and gell are often cleverly disguised in packages of totally different and unassociated products.