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VIAGRA CONNECT® available without prescription from today

27/03/18

 

  • Erectile problems affect up to 21% of men – equivalent to 4.3 million men in the UK1
  • VIAGRA CONNECT is the first pharmacy (P) medicine for erectile dysfunction to be made available without prescription
  • Pharmacists hope the move will encourage more men to proactively manage their health
  • VIAGRA CONNECT is available in pharmacy and online from Boots exclusively for a two-week period, prior to being made available from wider pharmacies

 

Pfizer Ltd, Walton Oaks, UK – 27 March 2018 – Pfizer has announced that from today, VIAGRA CONNECT is available to purchase without a prescription from pharmacies in the UK. It will be available in pharmacy and online from Boots exclusively for a two-week period, prior to being made available from wider pharmacies. Its introduction has been hailed as an important step forwards in supporting men to proactively manage their health.

It is estimated that erectile problems affect up to 21% of men – equivalent to 4.3 million men in the UK.1 Despite this, a new study shows that 44% of men with erectile dysfunction aged 40 and over have not sought medical help2, even though it can have a significant impact on their confidence and self-esteem. Of those men that have sought help, over one fifth (27%) admitted that they wished that they had sought help sooner.2 

 

Kristie Sourial MRPharmS, Medical Manager, Pfizer commented: “The launch of VIAGRA CONNECT offers men a new and convenient route of access to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. It’s important to remember that erectile dysfunction is a medical condition, and that the impact often goes beyond the physical symptoms – it can lead to men feeling anxious, depressed and lacking in confidence.3 Our hope is that the availability of VIAGRA CONNECT in pharmacies will encourage men who do nothing about their ED to seek help, and encourage those who are inclined to seek help to do so sooner.”

 

Men can purchase VIAGRA CONNECT in pharmacies and online after answering a series of straightforward questions to help determine if the product is suitable for them. Their answers will be checked over by a pharmacist before they receive the product. In-store, men can ask to speak to a pharmacist in a private consultation room if preferred.

 

Richard Bradley, Pharmacy Director, Boots UK commented: “We believe this is a great step in making this medicine more widely available to our customers. Boots is the leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer in the UK with over 2,500 stores, making this medicine widely accessible.

“Pharmacists are highly trained healthcare professionals and discussing health problems with customers and advising on the benefits and risks of treatment options is an integral part of their role. This launch further expands the role of community pharmacy and we hope that it will play a part in reducing pressures on the overall healthcare system. Erectile dysfunction can have a big impact on confidence and relationships so we hope providing better and convenient access to this treatment will help encourage men to seek help via a simple, discreet consultation in store.”

Where VIAGRA CONNECT is supplied, pharmacists will advise men to follow-up with their doctor at their earliest convenience - no later than six months after first being supplied the product, so that any potential underlying conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease can be investigated.4

VIAGRA CONNECT has an RRP of £19.99 for a 4 tablet pack / £34.99 for an 8 tablet pack, including VAT.

Men seeking to purchase VIAGRA CONNECT from Boots online can complete a short questionnaire at www.boots.com/viagraconnect and their answers will be reviewed by a pharmacist to determine if the product is right for them.

 

VIAGRA connect 50mg Film Coated Tablets for erectile dysfunction in adult men. Contains: Sildenafil.  Always read the leaflet.

 

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Media contacts:
Pfizer Press Office
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Email – PressofficeUK@pfizer.com

 

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Additional information

  • In order to purchase VIAGRA CONNECT, men aged 18 and over will need to answer questions from the pharmacist about their symptoms, their general health, and any other medications they are taking, so that the pharmacist can determine whether VIAGRA CONNECT is suitable for them
  • Pharmacists should advise men to follow up with their doctor at their earliest convenience within 6 months of first being supplied the product, so that any potential underlying conditions or risk factors associated with erectile dysfunction can be investigated. In cases where pharmacists believe the product is unsuitable for clinical reasons, they should advise men to see their doctor for further assistance
  • Pfizer is committed to patient safety, and to ensuring that VIAGRA CONNECT is supplied in a way that supports patient safety and improves patient health. Pfizer has provided an extensive training and support package for pharmacists and pharmacy staff in advance of the product becoming available for purchase
  • In addition to VIAGRA CONNECT, Viagra (VIAGRA 25mg, 50mg, 100mg film-coated tablets) will remain available as a prescription medicine.

 

About Viagra Connect
Viagra Connect is indicated in adult men with erectile dysfunction (ED), which is the inability to achieve or maintain a penile erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Viagra Connect contains the active ingredient sildenafil, which belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE 5) inhibitors. It works for men with ED by helping to relax the blood vessels in the penis, allowing blood to flow into the penis when sexually stimulated.

Viagra Connect is contraindicated in the following5:

  •  men for whom sexual activity may be inadvisable. These men should be referred to their doctor. This includes men:
    • whose doctor has advised that they are not fit enough for any physical and/or sexual activity
    • who feel very breathless or experience chest pain with light or moderate physical activity, such as walking briskly for 20 minutes or climbing two flights of stairs
    • who have had a recent (6 months) acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or stroke
  • men who have any other heart problems or are under a doctor’s care for any of the following:
    • Low blood pressure or uncontrolled high blood pressure
    • Unstable angina (chest pain), irregular heart beat or palpitations (arrhythmia)
    • A problem with one of the valves in the heart (valvular heart disease)
    • A problem where the heart muscle becomes inflamed and does not work as well as it should (cardiomyopathy)
    • Heart problems causing blood flow issues (e.g. left ventricular outflow obstruction, aortic narrowing) or severe cardiac failure
  • men with hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients
  • men taking nitrates (nicorandil or other nitric oxide donors e.g. glyceryl trinitrate, isosorbide mononitrate or isosorbide dinitrate) for chest pain
  • men taking ‘poppers’ for recreational purposes (e.g. amyl nitrite)
  • men taking riociguat or other guanylate cyclase stimulators for lung problems
  • men taking ritonavir (for HIV infection)
  • men taking CYP3A4 inhibitors, e.g. saquinavir (to treat HIV infection), cimetidine (a heartburn treatment), itraconazole or ketoconazole (to treat fungal infections), erythromycin or rifampicin (antibiotics) or dilitiazem (for high blood pressure)
  • men taking alpha-blockers, such as alfuzosin, doxazosin or tamsulosin, which are medicines to treat urinary problems due to enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) or occasionally to treat high blood pressure
  • men with anatomical deformation of the penis (such as angulation, cavernosal fibrosis or Peyronie's disease)
  • men who have loss of vision in one eye because of non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION) or known hereditary degenerative retinal disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa
  • men with galactose intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption
  • men with previously diagnosed hepatic disease or severe renal impairment
  • men with any of the following: sickle cell anaemia, multiple myeloma or leukaemia
  • men with any bleeding issues (e.g. haemophilia) or that have active stomach ulcers
  • women
  • men without erectile dysfunction
  • men under 18 years of age

 

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About Boots UK
Boots UK (boots.com), the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.  
With 2,486* stores in the UK, its purpose is to champion everyone’s right to feel good, and Boots UK is committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care, be the first choice for pharmacy and healthcare and offer innovative 'only at Boots' exclusive products such as the UK’s leading skincare brand No7. Created over 165 years ago, the Boots brand is still at the heart of the communities it serves.

*As of 31 August 2017, excluding equity method investments

 

References

  1. Kantar TNS 2010 – survey of 1,033 men – men reporting occasional & frequent difficulty getting / keeping an erection
  2. Opinium for Pfizer: ED market research February 2018
  3. Althof SE, O’Leary MP, Cappelleri JC, Glina S, King R, Tseng L-J, Bowler JL, Duttagupta S, on behalf of the SEAR Study Group. Self-esteem, confidence, and relationships in men with erectile dysfunction treated with sildenafil citrate: Pooled analysis of two double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. J Gen Int Med 2006;21:1069–74.
  4. Pastuszak AW, Hyman DA, Yadav N, Godoy G, Lipshultz LI, Araujo AB et al. Erectile dysfunction as a marker for cardiovascular disease diagnosis and intervention: a cost analysis. J Sex Med 2015; 12: 975–984.
  5. VIAGRA CONNECT® Summary of Product Characteristics 2017

 

VIAGRA connect 50mg Film Coated Tablets for erectile dysfunction in adult men. Contains: Sildenafil.  Always read the leaflet.

 

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