Viagra via pharmacists? Sounds like a good idea to us.

28/03/17 . News

The Men’s Health Forum has welcomed the MHRA consultation on making the erectile dysfunction drug, Sildenafil (commonly known as 'viagra').,available directly to men via pharmacists.

The consultation launched on March 28 and will continue till April 14. You can respond to the consultation here.

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

We think this is good news. If this change goes ahead, it will mean that more men get help to tackle a common, but very real, issue that causes many men and their partners distress. It also means that more men who are worried about erection problems but who are not currently getting help will be able to see a health professional on any high street. Erection problems can be a sign of something more serious, such as heart disease or diabetes, so this is really important.

This is also an area where many men want help so much that they’ve been prepared to buy drugs illegally. We would far rather people saw a pharmacist before getting help for ED rather than buying fake drugs from dodgy websites.

Whatever the outcome of the consultation, Sildenafil (Viagra) will still be available on prescription, which will remain important for men who cannot easily afford to buy the drug in a pharmacy.

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