over-the-counter viagra feat
over-the-counter viagra feat

Viagra Will Soon Be Available Over the Counter in the United Kingdom

In a bid to stop users from buying the drug illegally, the United Kingdom has approved the sale of over-the-counter Viagra, the widely used erectile dysfunction medication. The approval applies to the 50 milligram dosage of Viagra, referred to as “Viagra Connect.” An exact date hasn’t been set yet, but over-the-counter Viagra should go on sale sometime in Spring 2018.

Mick Foy, the group manager for the U.K.’s Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said:

This decision is good news for men’s health. 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.

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.

There will still be some regulations on who can buy Viagra. Men must be over 18 and they’ll need to speak with a pharmacist. Men who have heart problems, liver failure or kidney failure will still need a prescription, as will those taking medicine known to interact with Viagra.

The MHRA says they have seized over £50 million worth of counterfeit erectile dysfunction medications. Counterfeit Viagra has been shown to sometimes include poisonous ingredients like boric acid, lead paint and sheet rock.

It may be a while for over-the-counter Viagra to become available in the United States. Viagra maker Pfizer said in a statement:

While we do not have information to share on specific Rx to OTC (over-the-counter) switch programs in the United States, generally we consider prescription drugs — both within the Pfizer portfolio and outside it — for potential switch to non-prescription status. Our objective is to provide consumers with significantly greater access to medicines with well-established efficacy and safety profiles without a prescription.

 

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