Men Rejoice! Viagra Will Soon Be Available Over The Counter In The UK

The impotence drug will be sold without prescription – here’s why that’s fantastic news.

Viagra will be available over the counter from April.
Viagra Available over the counter from April. Image Getty

The United Kingdom is to become the first country where Viagra can be purchased over the counter – and it’s a development that can only be good news for blokes everywhere, whether they suffer from impotence or not.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) made the announcement this week with manufacturer Pfizer set to begin sale of the jazzily-titled Viagra Connect in pharmacies from spring 2018.

Viagra Connect? Sounds like the name of the world’s worst online dating website but anyway, loaded digresses, because this is genuinely great news.

The drug will be made available in a four-tablet pack with a recommended retail price of £19.99 while an eight-tablet pack will also be put on sale (R.R.P. £34.99).

That little blue pill.
That little blue pill. Packs one hell of a punch. Image Getty

There are some stipulations of course – you won’t be able to just rock up and purchase a giant sack full of the stuff.

Men will still be required to consult the pharmacist to determine their suitability and whether a further GP consultation is necessary.

Viagra Connect will also not be sold to men with severe cardiovascular disorders or any high cardiovascular risk. Patients with liver failure or taking certain interacting medicines will also be prohibited from use.

First launched back in 1998, Viagra revolutionised the treatment of male impotence and the relaxation of the rules surrounding it’s availability is a very good thing.

The MHRA is eager to stop men anonymously purchasing variants of the medicine from unregulated websites – in the last year alone £17m worth of unlicensed or counterfeit Viagra was seized in the past year and £50m worth in the last 5 years.

The Viagra two-pack.
The two-pack. This could change everything. Image Getty

These pills can often result in the user suffering serious and potentially lasting side effects – and no, we don’t mean permanent erections if that’s what you were thinking.

More importantly, the increased availability of Viagra will help further remove the stigma once attached to discussing male impotence and might give hope to thousands of men previously too embarrassed to discuss the problem.

Dr David Edwards, a GP with a special interest in sexual dysfunction and a past president of the British Society of Sexual Medicine, explained to The Guardian: “In my clinical experience a man’s ability to attain and maintain an erection is of paramount importance to him.

“When erection difficulties do occur, emotional and physical closeness between a man and his partner can diminish, leaving a man with a sense of isolation and lacking confidence in day-to-day life. A new initiative that enables men to go to a pharmacy to get help for their erectile dysfunction is welcome.”

Viagra is a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.
Viagra! It's here Image Viagra

Now if someone could just work on giving women more control over their bodies, reproductive systems and sexual organs, that would be great.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.