Pharmacists could soon sell generic Viagra without a prescription

The UK drug control has launched a consultation to decide whether generic Viagra (Sildenafil) should be reclassified as a pharmacy drug (P).

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Pfizer confirmed on Tuesday (March 28) that it had requested the Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to reclassify sildenafil 50mg film-coated tablets from medical prescription medicine (POM) to the state of medicine P.

“The availability of sildenafil without a prescription could offer men an additional way to access a legitimate, well-established and well-studied treatment for erectile dysfunction,” said Pfizer Medical Director in the UK, Dr. Berkeley Philips.

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

RPS “fully supports” the movement

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) welcomed 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 counterfeit drugs,” said RPS President Martin Astbury, with many men “turning to the Internet to buy drugs.”

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

“The potential shift from sildenafil from POM to P state increases access to a drug that has proven to be safe and effective when used properly,” added Astbury.

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The MHRA consultation – which includes a copy of the updated patient information booklet and the proposed package (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 analyzed” the results of the public consultation, the watchdog said yesterday.

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