Viagra Can Now Be Sold Over The Counter In The UK

  • Viagra Can Now Be Sold Over The Counter In The UK

Viagra Can Now Be Sold Over The Counter In The UK

Beginning in spring 2018, Pfizer says, the OTC version of Viagra will be available to consumers (as long as the pharmacist thinks it's okay for the individual).

Pfizer said it is working towards launching the drug - which has been rebranded as Viagra Connect (sildenafil) - across pharmacies in the United Kingdom from Spring next year.

Erectile dysfunction medicines are a popular target for criminals selling unlicensed and counterfeit medicines.

The move comes after authorities assessed the safety of Viagra and following public consultation. The agency said that it had seized over £50m ($67m) of unlicensed and counterfeit erectile dysfunction medications in the past five years.

Since its commercial release in 1998, the famous blue pill, which was a failed treatment for angina, has been used to improve the sex lives of millions of men worldwide. Pfizer's patent on the drug ended four years ago.

It is hoped that making the drug more widely available will mean that men who may have chosen not to seek help previously will be more likely to do so.

Viagra will soon become available over the counter as watchdogs relax rules in a bid to prevent men buying unsafe counterfeit drugs online. Pharmacists will be able to determine whether treatment is appropriate for the patient and can give advice on erectile dysfunction, usage of the medicine, potential side effects, and if further consultation with a general practitioner is required.

The product won't be sold to men who have severe heart disease or high risk of cadiovascular disease, liver failure, severe kidney failure or those taking medications that may cause a negative reaction when combined with Viagra. "We hope that this forthcoming new opportunity to purchase a genuine treatment via pharmacy will also reduce the likelihood of men turning to potentially ineffective and risky counterfeits from illicit sources".