Viagra to be available over the counter in Britain

Viagra to be available over the counter in Britain

"This decision is good news for men's health", Mick Foy, the MHRA's group manager in vigilance and risk management of medicines, said. Heal

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“This decision is good news for men’s health”, Mick Foy, the MHRA’s group manager in vigilance and risk management of medicines, said. Health officials also hope the move will also help steer people away from buying drugs websites operating illegally.

Pfizer is now working on plans for the launch of Viagra Connect in the United Kingdom in the spring of 2018.

Viagra Connect is the first medicine for erectile dysfunction to be reclassified from Prescription Only Medicine (POM) to Pharmacy (P) status in the United Kingdom; following an extensive and detailed review process, which included a public consultation (medicines in the United Kingdom are classified as POM; P; or General Sales List [GSL] which means they are available in retail stores such as supermarkets and newsagents).

There is still clearly a massive demand for the drug via illicit channels, however, with investigators from the MHRA intercepting more than £50m-worth of unlicensed and counterfeit ED medicines, £17m of that total in 2016 alone. “Erectile dysfunction can be a debilitating condition, so it’s important men feel they have fast access to quality and legitimate care, and do not feel they need to turn to counterfeit online supplies which could have potentially serious side-effects”.

The famous male potency drug just became more accessible in Britain.

Viagra achieved peak sales of more than $2 billion in 2012 but since then, sales have declined as patents have started to expire, Pfizer to explore extending its brand value as a non-prescription drug.

Pfizer announced today that Viagra will soon be available over-the-counter in the U.K., BBC News reported.

Under the new system, men over the age of 18 will be entitled to the medicine subject to a discussion with a high street pharmacist.

Viagra Connect will not be sold to men with severe cardiovascular disorders or at high cardiovascular risk, or to patients with liver failure or taking certain interacting medicines. When available, supply of the product will depend on pharmacists’ assessment of its suitability for each man presenting with symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED).

“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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