Boots' erectile dysfunction scheme is its 'biggest' online service yet

Patients can collect erectile dysfunction treatments from up to 300 Boots pharmacies across the UK

Boots’ new erectile dysfunction service will be the multiple’s “biggest online pharmacy service to date”, it has said.

The service – which went live yesterday (November 16) – is available to men aged 18 years and above and “covers most aspects of men’s sexual health and wellness”, Boots said.

As part of the service, patients complete a consultation on Boots’ website, where they are also asked to confirm they have had a blood pressure test in the last two years.

A member of Boots' online consultation service – led by four pharmacist independent prescribers and a GP – then reviews and prescribes suitable medicines – including Viagra – to be delivered to the patient’s home, or collected from “up to 300” participating branches across the UK, Boots explained.

The service also includes a “starter bundle” of packs of four 50mg sildenafil tablets, four 10mg levitra tablets, and four 10mg tadalafil tablets, “so the customer can find which one suits them best”, it said.

Prices for the erectile dysfunction treatments start from £13, according to Boots’ website.

Responding to online demand

Boots UK director of pharmacy services and operations Asif Aziz said “more of [Boots’] customers are switching to online for their medication…particularly for more personal and sensitive health conditions”.

“Erectile dysfunction-related words are one of the most popular search terms on Boots.com,” he added.

The launch of the online erectile dysfunction service “marks the start of our strategic ambition to create a leading omni-channel pharmacy business”, Mr Aziz said.

In August, Boots’ online consultation service passed all of the Care Quality Commission’s inspection criteria. Read the full story here.

9 Comments
Question: 
Does your pharmacy offer an erectile dysfunction service?

Brian Austen, Senior Management

Now a sensible suggestion! No reason why other pharmacists/pharmacies cannot set up a similar service working in collaboration with GPs/IPs.

john smith, Marketing

Competition for sales online will either be stiff or soft depending on the weather... 

Forget your GP the Robot will see you now, Locum pharmacist

Mycoxafloppin apparently is velly good for zis condition.

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Outright winner in the pun department!! Beats the one I thought of - Ar(d)coxia.....

Ben Merriman, Community pharmacist

Shouldn't Boots focus on the one service they'd promised to sort out (generic OTC EHC) before championing a different one? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42011279

Harry Wright, Pharmacy Buyer

Lets hope it's not a flop

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

I'm just awaiting all the 'stiff competition' puns now......

Stephen Eggleston, Community pharmacist

Surely a service on the rise? Growing by the minute?

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Not so sure - I predict hard times ahead for the pharmacy sector (this is getting BAD!!!)

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