Utah Republican Senate candidate Trent Staggs ran the health care company that shut down after the FDA found it was falsely marketing its “natural” Viagra called RegenErect.

A right-wing Utah Senate candidate was once tapped to lead a company that was shut down after the FDA alleged it falsely marketed its “natural” Viagra product, DailyMail.com can reveal.

Trent Staggs, a member of the Mormon Church who is making a bid for the Senate to replace Mitt Romney, calls himself a “classic Utah success story.”

His website notes that he has “over 20 years of experience leading and managing successful Fortune 500 companies to small and medium-sized businesses.”

But Staggs took over as chairman of the defunct Regeneca company in 2015.

The company was forced to withdraw its erectile dysfunction drug, RegenErect, three years earlier after the FDA alleged that the so-called “natural” product contained undisclosed generic Cialis and Viagra, which could putting users at risk of fatal health complications.

The FDA also alleged that the company’s weight loss supplement that was marketed as “all natural” was actually just amphetamine, a stimulant drug.

Staggs noted that he wasn’t the leader of the company when it was selling the erectile dysfunction drug, and that he had been led to change things.

“All of these problems, which predated my arrival, are exactly why I was brought into the company as interim president. The owners needed someone to evaluate the business and see if there was a way forward.” , he told DailyMail.com in a statement.

Right-wing Utah Senate candidate used to run a fraudulent company that was shut down by the FDA for its “natural” Viagra product

Trent Staggs, a member of the Mormon Church, defines himself as one

Trent Staggs, a member of the Mormon Church, describes himself as a “classic Utah success story.”

In February 2012, Regeneca issued a voluntary recall of RegenErect, because it contains the active ingredient tadalafil, which is commonly known by its brand name Cialis.

Regeneca had not disclosed this pharmaceutical ingredient, which can have adverse health reactions for those taking other medications.

“The capsules contain tadalafil, which makes them unapproved new drugs, and tadalafil is not listed on the label, the company said in a statement on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

‘Tadalafil is used as a treatment for male erectile dysfunction. It can interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and can lower blood pressure to dangerous levels, the release said. ‘Regeneca has distributed RegenErect through internet sales and as samples at public events.’

In November 2015, while Staggs was president, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint on behalf of the FDA against Regeneca, alleging that the company used active pharmaceuticals in both RegenErect and a female arousal gel RegenArouse in violation of FDA regulations.

They sought a permanent injunction against Regeneca, noting that in 2011 inspections found the company had used the active ingredient Viagra in RegenErect and in 2012 they had used taladifil in both RegenErect and the product female arousal RegenArouse.

The complaint said the FDA had already issued warning letters to the company about legal action if they did not correct the violations.

And in a separate complaint in November 2015, the DOJ filed a complaint against Regeneca for alleged repeated violations of FDA regulations related to its RegeneSlim product.

They alleged that in 2014 investigations, Regeneslim was found to contain DMAA, a derivative of amphetamine, despite being marketed as “natural”. DMAA can cause serious cardiovascular health risks.

The company did not disclose that DMAA was in the product or the health risks associated with it.

The company issued a nationwide recall of all its herbal and dietary products in 2017 after a California judge approved a consent decree between the US government and Regeneca, making the company out of business

“Consumers have a right to expect safe dietary supplements,” Melinda Plaisier, FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said in a statement at the time. “When a company continues to defraud and mislead consumers, putting public health at risk, we will take action to protect the American public.”

Staggs' campaign (pictured with his wife) to replace retiring Sen. Mitt Romney is being backed by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, who will campaign with him in Utah this week.  He has been the mayor of Riverton since 2018

Staggs’ campaign (pictured with his wife) to replace retiring Sen. Mitt Romney is being backed by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, who will campaign with him in Utah this week. He has been the mayor of Riverton since 2018

Staggs’ campaign to replace retiring Sen. Mitt Romney is being backed by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, who will campaign with him in Utah this week. He has been the mayor of Riverton since 2018.

Last week he called it “unsustainable” and “immoral” to vote on the $1.2 trillion bill to fund the government.

In classic Trumpist fashion, he eviscerated Romney for not being conservative enough.

“The only thing I’ve seen him fight for is the establishment, ‘wake up,’ open borders, impeach President Trump and get us even more in debt,” Staggs said of Romney in announcing a run for his seat.

Staggs has also drawn support from pro-Trump politicians such as Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville and Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake, former Trump administration officials Kash Patel and Ric Grenell. He is one of 11 Republicans competing in a primary to succeed Romney.

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