Energy drink banned after it was discovered to contain Viagra

A man drank a Power Natural High Energy Drink SX, a product made in Zambia, and got more energy than he bargained for. He ended up with a six-hour erection. Turns out the drink contained Viagra. Read the rest

Pocket-size gadget can detect counterfeit Viagra

The Stratio LinkSquare is small spectrometer that connects to a smartphone. This video shows the reflected light spectrum of three pills - a "fraud" Viagra pill, a generic pill, and the real thing – compared to a genuine Viagra spectrum reference.

Stratio will crowdfund the LinkSquare this year and it will sell for $200.

From MIT Technology Review:

Stratio says it eventually plans to branch out beyond pills to testing other items that can be mislabeled, like food (fish, for instance), and thinks it could be useful for consumers and companies, too.

“We’re hoping people can use this to assuage some of their fears about the things they consume,” says Leslie Grothaus, a Stratio cofounder and its head of business development and communications.

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Man arrested for single Viagra pill sues Brooklyn police officer for humiliation

Viagra is not a controlled substance but that didn't stop Brooklyn police offficer David Esparragoza from arresting Earl McLeod, 33, for possession of a single Viagra pill.

McLeod’s lawyer, Nicholas Mindicino, told the Daily News that the entire encounter appeared to be illegal — that there was no basis for the car stop, and there was no basis for the search, not to mention the bogus charge.

The passengers in the vehicle were not arrested.

“A police officer’s job is to arrest people who commit crimes, and they can’t do their job if they don’t know what is a crime and what is not,” Mindicino said.

“It’s absolutely a case of police officer incompetence.”

McLeod went to Brooklyn Criminal Court to appeal and the charges were dropped. He is suing “emotional trauma, embarrassment, and humiliation.”

The NYPD declined to comment. Read the rest