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Falling sales in the UK

In 2018, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their billion dollar blue pill, of which, around 60% of all Viagra sales are derived outside the US. The UK market is huge, with an estimated 2.7 million prescriptions filled in 2016 alone. Pfizer, however became so concerned about their declining sales in the UK due to the growing availability of foreign generic online Viagra, that they made a bid to have the drug made available over the counter and without prescription. Pfizer realized that the illegal online generic market is eating too much into their market share and so they decided to do something about their falling profits. They made a push for Viagra to become available for adult males in the UK who suffer from the condition, in 50 mg strength, four-tablet pack. This is the only ED medication available over the counter and only in that specific dosage. What this clearly shows, is the massive leveraging power that multinational pharmaceutical company like Pfizer have in the open market - despite protests from doctors, to sell their products.

Considering over the counter sales

In the UK, about one in five men experience erectile dysfunction, of which more than 4 and a half million are Englishmen. The responsibility of the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK, is the regulation all medicines. It is sponsored by the Department of Health and was introduced to protect and improve the health of the general public. In 2016, MHRA drug regulators in England, seized more than GBP 15 million in illegal counterfeit medications. Of those, illegal erectile dysfunction tablets like Viagra and Cialis, accounted for over 50% of all drugs seized that year. Pfizer formally requested that the MHRA consider scrapping laws that govern Viagra to allow the blue pill to become available over the counter and without a prescription. The reasoning they gave was that is would dramatically reduce decrease the potential risks that they claim are associated with counterfeit ED medications purchased over the internet. The counter argument is that most of the generic tablets manufactured in countries like India, are produced following strict government guidelines and are unlikely to pose any risk to the consumer.

The pharmacist assessment

To get around this problem, Pfizer convinced the MHRA that pharmacists could simply use a checklist of symptoms they would ask the patient suffering from ED. It would therefore become the responsibility of the pharmacist, to assess the suitability of the patient for the drug. The MHRA even went so far as to endorse the move by saying that the benefits of chemists supplying the drug directly to the public far outweighed the potential risks of importing illegal counterfeits. Pfizer in the UK added, that this was a new legitimate way of treating the condition. This is not the first attempt by Pfizer to make Viagra available without a prescription. In 2007, they approached the European Medicines Agency or EMA, to change the existing laws and to make Viagra a non-prescription medication for the whole of the European Union. A year later, the EMA rejected the proposal because it argued that there were too many risks associated with pharmacists not having adequate medical training required to diagnose more serious chronic medical conditions associated with ED.

Erectile dysfunction can be indicative

Big pharmaceutical companies seem to be more concerned with finding easier methods of selling the drug, than they do about public safety. Pharmacists are in the business of selling drugs and now suddenly they are to be given the power to make decisions regarding whether or not to approve a prescription for a person with ED? Every pharmacist wants to make money, so exactly how closely will they adhere to the Pfizer guidelines when deciding to approve a script or not? It has been questioned whether pharmacists should be given the power to make such decisions, especially when the diagnosis of erectile dysfunction could potentially indicate a more serious medical condition. The argument that doctors put forward is that erectile dysfunction can be and often is an early indicator of a more serious underlying condition in men. Early detection and treatment is crucial for more serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and prostate cancer to name a few. It is abnormal for a healthy, middle-aged man to suddenly develop symptoms of ED without a good reason for it. There are many males aged in their eighties still capable of achieving an impressive erection for sex. In other words, by not seeing his medical practitioner and buying tablets online instead, a patient could be missing out on an early diagnosis for one of those more serious conditions.

Easier sales

In April 2018, online Viagra became available within the UK for the first time. It was for sale over the counter, without seeing a doctor and without needing a prescription. The name of this new enterprise by Pfizer is called ‘Viagra Connect’. The medication is not only available in pharmacies like Boots, Superdrug, Lloyds Pharmacy and Well Pharmacy but also in supermarkets like Tesco, Asda and Morrisons. To purchase online, all that is required is for you to be over the age of 18 and to be a sufferer of erectile dysfunction. They request that each customer complete a questionnaire regarding his erectile dysfunction and agree to see his doctor within the next six-month time period. A pharmacist then reviews the questionnaire and if approved, the order is then paid for and sent to the customer in a discreet package. To purchase the medication in a pharmacy is even easier. After producing proof of age, the pharmacist will ask the customer a few standard questions regarding his erectile problems and if approved, he will immediately be able to purchase a maximum of 24 tablets.

Training programs for pharmacies

In theory, this all sounds like an excellent idea that will make the purchase of the drug so much more accessible to every man in the UK. Pfizer were made to implement a special training program to educate pharmacists specifically on how to gauge the suitability of Viagra for each individual customer. However, this massive sales push by Pfizer has a catch that will leave most reeling, that is the exorbitant price they charge for the medication. If you purchase just four tablets from Boots for example, the cost would be GBP 19.99 or US25. The maximum amount you can purchase is 24 pills for GBP 99.99 or US130. If you compare the price of these brand manufactured tablets against the generic copies they are aiming to eradicate, then their prices should be equally competitive, but they are not. The comparison is that you can currently purchase 30 generic Viagra pills for approximately GBP 52 or US 80. If Pfizer was so concerned about counterfeit drugs, which is the platform they used to push for the availability of their product over the counter, then they should at least price their medications to compete with the prices of the generic equivalent that they are up against.




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