GPs are split by fresh push for OTC Viagra

GPs are split on the benefits of a push to make Viagra available over the counter (OTC).

A statement by manufacturer Pfizer said it regularly evaluated   options for Viagra including OTC, fuelling speculation it may submit an application to the European regulatory authorities to allow Viagra to be sold in pharmacies.

Surrey GP Dr John Pittard, a member of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society, welcomed the news saying it made ‘perfect sense’.

Complications occur when Viagra is taken with drugs containing nitrates. But if pharmacists advised customers of the risks, it would be no more dangerous than the current situation, he said.

However, North London GP Dr Richard Ma, of the RCGP’s sex, drugs and HIV working party, said that allowing men to buy Viagra OTC would mean that fewer men would visit their GP. They would be allowing any underlying erectile dysfunction problems to go unnoticed, he said.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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