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Published On: Wed, May 8th, 2013

Pfizer to sell Viagra online, you’ll still need a prescription

Pfizer today launched Viagra® home delivery, a new prescription-fulfillment website for Viagra® (sildenafil citrate) tablets, according to the pharmaceutical giant Monday.

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Viagra, the company’s most counterfeited medicine, will available for men with erectile dysfunction (ED) with a valid prescription via Viagra.com.

Pfizer says fake online pharmacies and the products they sell are an escalating public health threat. While the number of online pharmacies has increased in recent years to meet consumer demand, a recent review by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has shown that as few as 3 percent of websites selling prescription drugs are legitimate pharmacies, and up to half offer foreign or non-FDA-approved drugs.

“Through our ongoing analyses, we’ve seen how fake pharmacy websites can lure consumers into buying counterfeit medicines with what seems to be an easy purchasing experience, but it may be putting their health at risk,” said Carmen Catizone, executive director of NABP. “We’re pleased to see companies collaborating to develop and support solutions that will help patients obtain legitimate prescription medications online.”

Another way to buy safely is to look for other Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites® (VIPPS®). To become VIPPS®-accredited, an online pharmacy must meet several privacy, security and quality-assurance requirements. Buying from a VIPPS®-accredited site will help ensure patients are getting legitimate medication and that personal health information is kept confidential.

“There are almost 24 million searches a year for Viagra online. By offering men with ED convenient access and a legitimate alternative to purchase Viagra online, our hope is that Pfizer will help rein in the distribution of fake ED products,” said Victor Clavelli, senior director, marketing group leader, Primary Care Business Unit.

For consumers wary of the $25 per pill ED drug, Pfizer is offering three free pills with the first order and 30 percent off the second one.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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