Forum welcomes pharmacy Viagra

28/11/17 . News

The decision by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to allow Viagra Connect to be sold without prescription in pharmacies has been welcomed by the Men's Health Forum.

Martin Tod, Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum said:

We welcome the change. If this means more men find it easier to get advice and help for erection problems, that can only be a good thing.

Erection problems can be very distressing. Sometimes men end up buying fake drugs online without talking to anyone to try and do something about it. Erection problems can also be a sign of other health issues like heart disease, diabetes, mental health problems or high blood pressure.

Anything that means men are more likely to talk to a health professional about their erection problems and get the help they need is very welcome.

Viagra Connect has been classified as a pharmacy medicine meaning it could be available without prescription for use by men over 18 who have erectile dysfunction (ED). Previously, Viagra was only available on prescription. 

The MHRA say the decision was made following a reassuring assessment of the safety of the Viagra Connect, advice from the Commission on Human Medicines, and a postive public consultation earlier this year.

If marketed, men will be able to buy the medicine from pharmacies following a discussion with the pharmacist. Pharmacists will be able to determine whether treatment is appropriate for the man and can give advice on ED, use of the medicine, potential side effects, and advise if further consultation with a general practitioner is required.

Viagra Connect will not be sold to those with severe cardiovascular disorders; at high cardiovascular risk; liver failure; severe kidney failure; or taking certain interacting medicines. Use of Viagra Connect in these groups of men must continue to be under the supervision of a doctor.

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