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Aichi Prefectural Police arrested a man Thursday for allegedly importing and selling an unauthorized drug from China that contains an active ingredient of the anti-impotence drug Viagra.

Arrested was Naoyuki Yokota, 37, a resident of Yokohama and the president of Zuisho, a trading company based in Kawasaki. The company advertised the bottled product, often dubbed the Chinese version of Viagra, on the Internet after importing it from a Beijing-based pharmaceutical company, according to police.

Yokota is suspected of selling over 200 bottles of the product to a Tokyo company employee and others for around 330,000 yen.

The product, which is in liquid form and is known as Dura Tonic, is considered a medicine as it contains the chemical sildenafil, an active ingredient of Viagra, police said. Its use and importation violate the Pharmaceutical Business Law.

Yokota also received orders to supply around 80 dealers. He sold the drug, which cost 500 yen per bottle, for 1,500 yen per bottle to dealers and 3,000 yen to individuals, police said.

Yokota made around 25 million yen in sales between April 2000 and May 2001, police said.

The police have supplied prosecutors with information on three dealers who acted as agents for Yokota’s firm and advertised the product on the Internet.

They are suspected of violating the Pharmaceutical Business Law by advertising an unauthorized drug.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry says sildenafil causes side effects such as headaches and vision problems, and has reportedly led to fatal heart attacks abroad.

Yokota claimed on his Web site that the product produces results within 30 minutes to 60 minutes and has no side effects.

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