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Pharmacists could soon sell generic Viagra over the counter

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has welcomed the potential reclassification of sildenafil
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has welcomed the potential reclassification of sildenafil

The UK's medicines watchdog has launched a consultation to decide whether Viagra generic sildenafil should be reclassified as a Pharmacy (P) medicine.

Manufacturer Pfizer confirmed on Tuesday (March 28) that it had applied to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to reclassify sildenafil 50mg film-coated tablets from prescription-only medicine (POM) to P medicine status.

“The availability of the pharmacist-supplied, non-prescription sildenafil could offer men an additional way to access a legitimate, long-established and well-studied treatment for erectile dysfunction,” Pfizer's UK medical director Dr Berkeley Philips said.

Pfizer said it will provide pharmacists with “specific training to support them in dispensing sildenafil to appropriate patients only”, if the switch goes ahead.

RPS “fully supports” move

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) welcomed the potential reclassification, and added that if agreed, pharmacists will also receive further advice and guidance from the RPS on erectile dysfunction.

“Sildenafil is one of the most counterfeited medicines,” said RPS president Martin Astbury, with many men “resorting to the internet to buy medication".

“Discussing health problems with patients and advising on the benefits and risks of treatment options is an integral part of the role of a pharmacist."

“The potential switch of sildenafil from POM to P status increases access to a medicine that has been proven to be safe and effective when used appropriately," Mr Astbury added.

New packaging proposals

The MHRA consultation – which includes a copy of the updated patient information leaflet and packaging proposed (see image below) – is open to the public until April 18.

A final decision on whether sildenafil will be reclassified will be made after the MHRA has “carefully analysed” the results of the public consultation, the watchdog said yesterday.

If the reclassification goes ahead, sildenafil 50mg will still remain available on prescription under the Viagra brand name, Pfizer added.

Read the consultation document and submit your views here.

13 Comments
Question: 
Do you agree with switching sildenafil from POM to P medicine status?

Sure Viagra, Pharmaceutical Adviser

It's a very good news for those men suffer from erectile dysfunction and wants to make out love life better. So Generic Viagra available over the counter.

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Sharon Stone, Communications

Fantastic news . Couldn't come quick enough . Buyers , sellers , users  ,in fact everyone wins .

PoPeYe- Popeys Car Wash, Locum pharmacist

That wouldn't be Pfizer trying to squeeze more money out of the corpse of their dead patent, would it?

Paul Samuels, Community pharmacist

Perhaps we should sell corpse reviver--only cadavers apply!

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Great....I shall look forward to every Jack-the Lad coming in on a friday or saturday afternoon for their packet of blues and packet of blobs for the night's entertainment.....

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

And we'll probably all try and outdo each other on how cheaply we sell it, thus ensuring no one makes money on it.

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Couldn't come quick enough.

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Boom Boom!!

ajaz akhtar, Student

Hi John

What price do you charge? Considering you can get them for under £1 for a pack of 4 

Leon The Apothecary, Student

It's worth doing, people who want to use this medicine will find a way of acquiring it, legitimately or otherwise, so let's have it in pharmacy and done proper.

ajaz akhtar, Student

Why shouldn't you mix prune juice and Viagra? 

You won't know if you are coming or going , 

Paul Samuels, Community pharmacist

Interesting to see --at what cost??tadalafil

John Ashworth, Community pharmacist

Without doubt. We already supply it via a PGD. Anything that will reduce the illegitimate online suppliers is to be welcomed. Looking forward to tadalafil coming off patent.

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