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Archived - VPX 'No Shotgun' and BSN 'Cell Mass' Body Building Powders

Starting date:
February 6, 2008
Posting date:
February 6, 2008
Type of communication:
Foreign Product Alert (FPA)
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Undeclared Substance, Product Safety
General Public
Identification number:

These products are not authorized for sale in Canada and have not been found in the Canadian marketplace, but it is possible they may have been brought into the country by travellers or purchased over the Internet.

Source of alert

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia

Product names

VPX 'No Shotgun' and BSN 'Cell Mass' Body Building Powders

Manufacturer / Place of origin

Distributed by Crestkey Pty Ltd. / Australia

Product description

VPX 'No Shotgun' and BSN 'Cell Mass' Body Building Powders are promoted as body enhancement supplements.

Reason for warning

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia recalled VPX 'No Shotgun' and BSN 'Cell Mass' Body Building Powders, as they were found to contain coumarin, a prescription drug used to prevent blood clots. Coumarin should be taken only if prescribed and closely monitored by a health professional.

Possible side effects

Possible side-effects associated with drugs like coumarin include excessive bleeding. Coumarin should not be used in combination with certain medications, including antibiotics. Pregnant women and other high risk populations should not use this drug.

What you should do

Canadians who have this product are advised not to use it, and should consult with a health care professional if they have concerns about their health related to the use of this product.

Health Canada advises Canadians to contact the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate at 1-800-267-9675 if they find the product listed above in the Canadian marketplace.


Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada will have either an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers indicate that the products have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.

As of the date of this posting, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the use of this product have been reported in Canada.

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