United Kingdom to become first country to sell Viagra over the counter

02 December, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • Viagra to be sold over the counter to thwart online counterfeit dealers

Last year, £17m worth of unlicensed and counterfeit Viagra was seized.

For US-based pharmacists unfamiliar with what this means, it essentially now allows UK pharmacists to dispense Viagra 50mg (now called Viagra Connect) after conducting a review process and consultation for the patient seeking to purchase it (The UK has 3 categories of prescriptions including POM-Prescription Only Medicine, P-Pharmacy Medicine, and GSL-General Sales Lists [Drugs that are basically OTC]). Men seeking out the little blue pill will be able to buy Viagra Connect-which has the same central ingredient as regular Viagra-for about £19.99 for a pack of four pills and £34.99 for an eight-pack at the pharmacy.

"This decision is good news for men's health", said Mick Foy, group manager in vigilance and risk management of medicines at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Pfizer's patent ended in 2013 but it has earned the pharmaceutical giant more than £1bn a year. The move to make Viagra Connect more widely accessible will encourage men to seek help within the healthcare system and increase awareness of erectile dysfunction. For me, I don't see a huge problem surrounding the use of sildenafil in this setting, as generally, it is a well-tolerated drug with identifiable side effects and clear drug interactions that a pharmacist can consult a patient regarding appropriate use in practice.




But some men, such as those with severe heart problems, those at high risk of heart problems, liver failure, kidney failure or those taking certain "interacting medicines", will still need to be prescribed the drug by a doctor. We check out the best manhood malfunctions! Pfizer also recommends that pharmacists should advise all men to follow up with their doctor within six months of first being supplied the product.

"When erection difficulties do occur, emotional and physical closeness between a man and his partner can diminish, leaving a man with a sense of isolation and lacking confidence in day-to-day life".

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