Price drop makes Viagra available on the NHS

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All men suffering from impotence can obtain prescription Viagra on the NHS. This comes after the drug’s patent expired last year and cheaper generic versions have been developed.

Prior to this month, only those men who were suffering from impotence as a side-effect of illness or who had obtained an assessment from a specialist were able to be prescribed Viagra. However, hundreds of thousands of impotent men across Britain now have the opportunity to obtain the pills on the NHS.

There are some doctors who are very happy with the new policy as they claim that it could save relationships, however, many have concerns that the demand for the pill will increase the already heavy workloads of GPs.

The cost for a pack of four of Pfizer’s Viagra pills used to cost £21.27, but the new generic pills are priced at only £1.45 per pack of four. This is a price reduction of 93%.

During 2012, the NHS spent around £88m on impotence medication for about 180000 males in the UK. Of this, about £43m was used for the purchase of brand-name Viagra.

An estimation that the demand will almost double over the next three years due to the new rules has been given. By 2017, approximately 330000 males across the UK are expected to use the NHS to obtain erective dysfunction pills.

According to the NHS, 50% of all men aged between 40 and 70 suffer from different levels of erectile dysfunction.

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