The move comes after health officials reclassified the drug last year.In November, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency announced it was reclassifying Viagra Connect tablets so they could be sold over the counter.It was hoped that making the drug more widely available will mean that men who may have not previously sought help for erectile dysfunction will be more likely to do so.Now Viagra Connect manufacturer Pfizer has revealed when and where people can access the drug.It will be available in pharmacies from today, for £19.99 for a four-tablet pack or £34.99 for an eight-tablet pack, including VAT.It will be available exclusively in Boots for two weeks before being rolled out to other pharmacies.Pfizer said that Viagra Connect is the first pharmacy medicine for erectile dysfunction to be made available without prescription.It said that erectile problems affect up to one in five men - the equivalent of 4.3million men across the UK.But many do not seek medical help for their condition. to help determine if the product is suitable for them.Pharmacists will be able to determine whether treatment is appropriate for the patient and can give advice on erectile dysfunction, usage of the medicine, potential side effects and assess if further consultation with a general practitioner is required.But some men, including those with severe heart problems, those at high risk of heart problems, liver failure, kidney failure or those taking certain “interacting medicines”, will still need to be prescribed the drug under the supervision of a doctor.Officials also hope the move will help steer people away from buying drugs from websites operating illegally.
Patients taking Viagra are less likely to suffer a heart attack, new research claims.
Men taking the impotence drug were found to have a lower risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart failure than those not on the medication.
The findings mean Viagra could soon be used to treat hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients and even prevent fatal heart attacks, scientists say.
Experts from the University of Manchester studied 6,000 diabetic patients who had been given Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction.
The drug relaxes muscle cells in the blood vessels supplying the penis, allowing more blood to flow there.
This increased blood flow increases the likelihood of getting an erection.
Given the increasing reports of deaths in which the use of Viagra may be implicated, clinicians need to exercise caution when advising their patients with heart
Experts believe a key ingredient in Viagra called PDE5i, which relaxes blood vessels, also prevents damage to heart cells.
Heart failure is caused by the heart failing to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure.
It most often occurs because the heart muscle has become too weak or stiff to work properly and is usually treated with medication which supports the heart.
Despite diabetics being prone to heart problems, the study participants did not suffer as many incidents as similar patients not on the drug.