11/19/2012 Study Looks at Low Testosterone and Viagra...Men dealing with erectile dysfunction may also have low testosterone levels. In many cases, men take Viagra to battle ED, but a new study shows that adding testosterone to a Viagra regimen doesn't make much difference.
"While low testosterone and ED can be related, they are separate issues, and need to be treated as such," says Michael Eisenberg, MD, tells WebMD.
10/31/12 Does Generic Viagra Exist?...Many people are searching for an alternative to Viagra, but there is no generic version of Viagra on the market right now.
Pfizer, the company that makes the little blue pill, just won a legal battle that will keep a generic version from hitting the market for seven more years.
While many men would like a generic version to save a little money, one doesn't exist. Any website claiming to sell a generic version isn't a legitimate medical site.
10/1/12 FDA Warns Consumers About Fake Online Pharmacies...The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is tracking an increase in the number of fake medical sites that sell phony medications.
The FDA says many fake sites look legitimate and often offer medications at low prices. While consumers think they are getting a great deal, in reality they are likely to get fake pills, expired medications, or meds with harmful ingredients added to them.
Research by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy shows only three percent of online pharmacies are following state and federal laws.
8/13/2012 ED Treatments for Diabetics...Diabetes is often a cause of erectile dysfunction. Diabetes affects the blood supply, which affects a man's ability to get an erection. Studies show oral medications like Viagra are effective treatments. While the success rate of these medications isn't as high as men without diabetes, WebMD says about 60 percent of diabetic man do see results from ED meds.
4/1/2011 Viagra for Women?...Since Viagra hit the market in 1998, it has helped millions of men with sexual problems. So, how come women don't have a similar pill to take to spice up their sex life?
Viagra was tested in women, but it didn't have the same effect for women as it did for men. Pharmaceutical companies claim to be working on the problem, but experts at Mayo Clinic say a woman's sexual response is more complex than a man's.
2/23/2011 New Treatments for ED on the Horizon
Right now men have a choice between five medications to treat erectile dysfunction. While Viagra is still the most popular, others like Cialis and Staxyn have gained popularity in recent years.
According to doctors, future ED medications will work faster and have fewer side effects than those on the market right now. According to WebMD, several medications in the testing phase include: Uprima and Topiglan.
5/23/2011 Blindness After Viagra: Premature Conclusions? ... Last year there was great interest concerning reports of blindness in older men after having taken Viagra (Sildenafil citrate, Pfizer).
Synopsis: Reports that Viagra cause blindness are flawed. Many cases were disqualified and re-diagnosed. The data was determined to be nothing conclusive.
5/20/2011 Erectile Dysfunction: Cialis, Levitra, Staxyn, and Viagra to Treat ED ... Cialis, Levitra, Staxyn, and Viagra work by a similar mechanism to cause erections. There are subtle differences in how long the drug works and how quickly it works.
Synopsis: This article compares how these top ED drugs affect the body in terms of how quickly they work and how long they last.
5/19/2011 Fog of War: No, Pfizer Is Not Supplying Ghadafi's Troops With Viagra ... Pfizer (PFE) is not supplying Moammar Gadhafi's troops with Viagra as " a tool of massive rape," as hinted at by CNN and Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, yesterday.
Synopsis: Pfizer is appalled by the allegations of abuse in Libya. We condemn any misuse of our medicines. Pfizer stopped shipping all products to Libya in February, when sanctions were implemented by the international community.
4/27/2011 "Viagra condoms" could hit store shelves next year... A condom, nicknamed the Viagra condom, will be hitting store shelves. This new product promises to enhance sex through the use of a special gel that is coated on the condom.
Synopsis: Durex plans to begin selling Viagra condoms in Britain that will enhance sexual pleasure using a special gel.
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4/21/2011 Brewery Introduces Viagra Beer for Royal Wedding Night... 'Royal Virility Performance' Brew Contains Aphrodisiacs for Royal Couple's Big Night.
Synopsis: Known for its eccentric brews, Brew Dog has announced a creation made specifically for the royal wedding. It's called "Royal Virility Performance," and it's an India Pale Ale containing herbal Viagra, chocolate, goat weed and a "healthy dose of sarcasm."
4/13/2011 As Generics Near, Makers Tweak Erectile Drugs... Facing generic competition for its "little blue pill," Pfizer recently started selling a chewable form of Viagra in Mexico. It is called Viagra Jet, and Pfizer says it may also market it to other nations in the developing world, if not the United States.
Synopsis: In America, Pfizer is battling to keep low-price generic competition off the shelves a year from now, when the drug's patent expires. The generic pills would cost only a fraction of the $10 or more that each pill now costs.
3/17/2011 Pfizer brings new chewy Viagra to Mexico... Mexican men who have difficulty swallowing Viagra pills will soon have a chewable version of Pfizer Inc's(PFE.N) impotence drug.
Synopsis: This new chewable viagra could appeal to patients, particularly those who can't swallow the tablets.
3/14/2011 Medicare Illegally Paid for Seniors' Viagra, U.S. Audit Says... The U.S. Medicare program improperly spent more than $3 million in 2007 and 2008 to buy Pfizer Inc. (PFE)'s Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs for senior citizens, government investigators said.
Synopsis: Viagra purchases violated a 2005 ban on covering the drugs under the U.S. health program for the elderly and disabled. Medicare administrators blamed the spending on a software error.
3/08/2011 Brazilian Spider May Become Next Viagra... Who would imagine that a poisonous, eight-legged creature from Brazil could boost your sex life?
Synopsis: Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia say venom from a spider native to Central and South America gives people four-hour erections, and could possibly cure some of the worst cases of impotence.
2/18/2011 Customs Officers Seize Counterfeit Viagra, Other ED Drugs at Kennedy Airport... Federal customs authorities seized thousands of counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills at John F. Kennedy International Airport this week, authorities said.
Synopsis: Authorities seized the pills because counterfeits and generics are considered violations of trademark and FDA regulations in the U.S.
2/9/11 Hard Luck: Why Viagra is About to Lose Its No.1 Status to Cialis... Viagra sales have slipped 9% to $499 million in Q4 2010 while Cialis has gained 6 percent, to $465.9 million.
Synopsis: Cialis is gaining market share on Viagra & if it continues at the current rate of sales, Cialis will over-take Viagra as the #1 erectile dysfunction drug in the World by next quarter.
2/1/11 Pfizer to Close Sandwich Research Center, Birthplace of Viagra... About 2,400 jobs will be eliminated or transferred over the next 18 to 24 months at the Sandwich drug development center in England. Pfizer is making an overhaul to its Research and Development strategies.
Synopsis: The closing of the Sandwich Center, established in the 1950s, is a major blow to the area economy and the British government will meet with Pfizer to discuss alternative opportunities. 300 words; media report.
1/17/11 Viagra Can Help With Altitude Sickness... Patients should not try to treat themselves for altitude sickness, according to doctors, but a recent report shows that Viagra works in a way that can help treat the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Synopsis: Just as Viagra increases nitric oxide levels in the bloodstream to the penis, allowing it to relax and become erect, it can also elevate levels of nitric oxide in the blood vessels of the lungs. This can help reduce lung fluid. 117 words; medical Q & A.
1/6/11 Turf War Erupts Over Himalayan Viagra... Located at elevations of 12,000 feet in the Himalayas, Yarsagumba is an aphrodisiac that produces results like Viagra. Yarsagumba is actually the mummified body of the Himalayan bat moth caterpillar, and a fungus that grows out of it.
Synopsis: Yarsagumba is very expensive as compared to Viagra, and sells for $10,000 per kilo in the United States. Turf wars and killings have occurred over Yarsagumba between Nepal and Tibet. 490 words; health blog entry.
12/16/10 FDA Cracks Down on Illegal Sexual Enhancement Supplements... The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it continues to force companies to recall falsely advertised supplements that “can cause serious adverse effects, including strokes, organ failure, and death.”
Synopsis: The FDA has recalled more than 200 products since 2007, including dozens that promise better sexual performance. The FDA warned that many products sold for “sexual enhancement” actually contain the active ingredients in Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. 463 words; health article.
11/24/10 Viagra Salesman Movie Love & Other Drugs... The movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a Viagra salesman and Anne Hathaway as his love mate has grossed $32 million in the U.S. to date, but it has taken in $84 million worldwide. Based loosely on a former real-life Viagra salesman.
Synopsis: If you’re still considering seeing this movie, a comprehensive review is provided. The review says that in the end, half the audience is rolling their eyes and half are wiping them. 598 words; movie review.
8/18/09 Viagra Every Four Hours Helps Baby Beat All Odds ... The health of a baby born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and pulmonary hypertension, a rare and life-threatening blood vessel disorder of the lungs, has advanced incredibly since he began treatment with Viagra.
Synopsis: Two weeks after considering taking their baby boy off life support, the parents have been told by doctors that he should survive, thanks in part to 8 doses of Viagra each day. 562 words; media report.
8/17/09 How to Take the Stress and Uncertainty Out of Buying Medications Online ... Although buying medications online should not be taken lightly, it is possible to order and purchase certain prescription medications (such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra) online. This article provides a helpful summary of how to ensure you select a safe and secure online pharmacy that sells only FDA-approved medications.
Synopsis: Learn the nine most important things to think about before you choose an online pharmacy. Words: 673; health article.
8/14/09 Acceptance of Viagra and Condoms Varies Greatly Due to Culture and Politics ... Lost in the proven track record of Viagra is an international debate between those who feel Viagra is a blessing, and those who question its merits and use. Although very different products, Viagra's acceptance in relation to condoms seems to come much more quickly regardless of geography or political motivations.
Synopsis: An overview of contraceptives and Viagra in light of the 9th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), held in Bali this month. 1,085 words; media report.
8/10/09 The Future of Online Healthcare and Telemedicine ... Using electronic communication in the delivery of healthcare – referred to as telemedicine – is efficient, affordable and effective. Telemedicine is gaining acceptance among health insurance carriers and even the government.
Synopsis: Telemedicine, which usually involves electronic interaction between a patient and doctor who are not in the same is location, is taking place more and more often. 613 words; blog entry.
8/7/09 Canadian Police Arrest 9 For Selling Fake Viagra ... Most counterfeit operations and stories seem to originate from China or India, however Canadians are also getting in on the act of producing counterfeit Viagra. Nine people were arrested near Quebec in the city’s first operation targeting counterfeiters.
Synopsis: Canadian police who had been seizing ecstasy were surprised to see that criminals in Quebec were also producing Viagra. 198 words; media report.
7/29/09 Will Congress Tax Viagra and Cosmetic Surgery? ... These days, state governments and the Fed are looking for any way they can to find additional revenue streams. This editorial suggests a heavy tax on unnecessary cosmetic surgery, to be called the “Botax.” Could Viagra be next? Or is it a necessity?
Synopsis: The New York Times editors and readers weigh in on the government’s right to tax things such as cosmetic surgery, abortion and Viagra. 340 words; editorial.
7/3/09 The H1N1/Swine Flu Causes Counterfeiters to Produce More Tamiflu Than Viagra ... Officials in the UK state that Tamiflu is the most spammed drug on the internet and that counterfeiters who were making illegal Viagra have turned their focus toward Tamiflu.
Synopsis: The UK’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society warns that counterfeit Tamiflu can be just as harmful as counterfeit Viagra. Consumers in all countries should be aware that counterfeit Tamiflu will become more prevalent as the virus spreads this summer and fall. 596 words; media report
5/16/09 Lawmaker asks drug makers to tone down erectile dysfunction ads ... sent a letter Thursday to three pharmaceutical companies urging them to tone down ad campaigns for erectile dysfunction drugs, especially when children are likely to be watching ... Eli Lilly makes Cialis, Pfizer produces Viagra and GlaxoSmithKline markets Levitra ...[Miami Herald]
Synopsis: A Virginia politician is pressuring the makers of Viagra and other erectile dysfunction products to abstain from advertising on TV shows that kids are likely to watch; 404 words; newspaper report.
5/15/09 Pfizer Provides Free Medications for the Unemployed ... including Viagra and Lipitor, for free to the people who have lost their jobs and their health insurance ... applicants for the program will have to sign a statement that they are suffering from financial hardship and they will have to provide a "pink slip" or similar employer notice
Synopsis: Pfizer promises to provide 70 of the medicines it makes including Viagra for free to patients if they can prove that they lost their jobs; 859 words; online media report.
3/14/09 Sildenafil citrate for female sexual arousal disorder: a future possibility? ... Sildenafil citrate may also be effective in women with FSAD secondary to multiple sclerosis, diabetes or antidepressant use; however, more trials in these patient populations are required to confirm these findings ... [Nature reviews. Urology]
Synopsis: Viagra may be useful to treat sexual dysfunction in women with certain diseases; 182 words; scientific journal; abstract;.
3/14/09 COKE DEALERS CASH IN WITH FAKE VIAGRA ... You can buy a kilo of the active ingredient of Viagra on a website for about £33 and you can make a lot of tablets from a kilo. The margin is about 2,000 times more profitable than cocaine ...[Daily Star]
Synopsis: Criminal gangs are switching narcotic trafficking to trafficking in fake Viagra because counterfeit Viagra is more profitable, easier to obtain and carries less penalties; 242 words; tabloid report; lay media]
2/26/09 Viagra orgy man collapses ... SEX-MAD Russian died after guzzling a bottle of Viagra pills to keep him going for a 12-hour orgy with two women pals ...[The Sun]
Synopsis: A 28-year old man died of a heart attack after overdosing on Viagra; 94 words; tabloid report; lay media.
See Also: Viagra drug information; overdose and contraindications; RxList.com.
2/10/09 Viagra Used to Treat Rare Meningitis Attack, Student Fights for Her Life ... treatment measures, including time in an oxygen chamber and doses of Viagra, the medication usually associated with treating erectile ... Lin also starting giving Jamie doses of Viagra in an effort to stimulate the blood flow to the damaged areas as soon as possible ... [ABC News]
Synopsis: AS college student bacterial meningitis experienced rare complication of the illness that included gangrene impaired blood circulation in her legs. Part of her treatment included Viagra; the doctors used Viagra to stimulate blood flow into the damaged areas of her body including her skin; demonstrates potential for Viagra's vasodilatory benmefit; 1,645 words; lay media report; moderate clinical significance.
2/10/09 Man sentenced to year in prison for illegal drug sales via Internet ... offered generic versions of the drugs Viagra, Cialis and Levitra via mail order, over the phone and through the Internet ... pleaded guilty last July to conspiracy in connection with the scheme in which he ...[Sandiego Tribune]
Synopsis: A man received a severe punishment for selling unapproved so-called generic Viagra on the internet and telephone; 109 words; newspaper article.
12/28/08 Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghanistan ... a way to meet the informant's personal needs in a way that keeps him firmly on your side but leaves little or no visible trace ... Western drugs such as Viagra were just part of a long list of enticements available for use in special cases ...[Washington Post]
Synopsis: CIA operatives have been using Viagra as a bribe to get Afgan warlords to share information regarding Taliban insurgents. The CIA likes to use Viagra because it is discrete, cheaper than cash and unlike money, recipients are not likely to be discovered; 900 words; newspaper article.
12/24/08 Gaza Tunnels to Egypt for IPods, Viagra Foil Blockade ... goods that come through the tunnels include livestock, cement, steel rods, refrigerators and computer screens, along with Coca-Cola, cigarettes and pharmaceuticals such as the erectile-dysfunction drug, Viagra ...[Bloomberg]
Synopsis: Viagra (along with other pharmaceuticals is one of the products that residents of Gaza smuggle into their locations by using underground tunnels that link Gaza to Egypt; 1116 words; media report; human interest.
11/24/08 Pfizer Withdraws 'Non-Prescription' Status Application For Viagra In EU - Update ... withdrawn the application to convert Viagra 50 mg to 'non-prescription' status in the European Union from the present 'prescription only' ... [NASDAQ]
Synopsis: Pfizer had been trying to have the European Union regulatory authority let Viagra be available without a prescription. Making it available without a prescription would have meant a large boost in sales (an estimated 30% increase). It became obvious that there was no way Viagra would be approved as a non-prescription so Pfizer dropped the issue; 275 words; lay media report.
11/24/08 Anti-doping agency may ban Viagra ... Viagra is suspected of dilating blood vessels in athletes and unduly increasing oxygen-carrying capacity, giving them an unfair competitive advantage ... it (Viagra) allows you to compete with a sea level, or near-sea level, aerobic capacity at altitude ...[ Times Of India]
Synopsis: The world anti-doping agency is considering evidence that athletes who take Viagra have an advantage over their peers -- scientists suspect that Viagra increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, thereby allowing athletes to not get tired as fast as athletes who are not taking Viagra; 231 words; lay media report.
11/24/08 Boy, 2, Takes Viagra Everyday to Survive ... Britain's youngest regular Viagra user, having taken the drug -- for up to six times a day -- for the past 30 months ... Calvin has pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare condition that causes his blood pressure to be dangerously high. This starves his lungs of oxygen-rich blood ...[ Sun Online]
Synopsis: A British boy takes Viagra to battle pulmonary hypertension; without it he would die; 230 words' lay media report.
11/21/08 Health Ministry says it would consider application to make Viagra a nonprescription drug ... f the Pfizer pharmaceutical company asked for permission to market Viagra - the erectile dysfunction (anti-impotency) drug - without a doctor's prescription, the Health Ministry's pharmaceutical division will consider it, chief pharmacist Batya Haran told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday ...[Jerusalem Post]
Synopsis: Israeli drugs regulatory official, Batya Haran, said he would be willing to discuss allowing Viagra to be sold over-the-counter in Israel if Pfizer asked, but he didn't say what the ultimate outcome of such a request would be. Mr. Haran also stated that Isreal will not be the first country to allow OTC Viagra sales. The article goes on to imply that making Viagra available without a prescription would thwart sales of potentially dangerous unauthorized copies or counterfeit Viagra that people buy on the internet without a doctor's prescription; 688 words; lay media report.
10/27/08 Are Pfizer and Lilly's ED Drugs Suffering from the Economic Slowdown? Viagra sales went up 13 percent from the third quarter of last year to the third quarter of this year. Not only that, but U.S. revenue from the little blue pill climbed sequentially (from the second quarter of this year to the third quarter) from $199 million to $236 million ...[CNBC]
Synopsis: Even the economy is hurting and ther are many layoffs and a weak stock market, sales of Viagra and Cialis are increasing; in fact, Viagra has recently had a price increase. Men consider these products essential; they will curb spending money on other things before they do without Viagra and Cialis; 393 words; blog posting.
10/22/08 Doctors ignoring impotence as heart risk-expert ... Men with erectile dysfunction carry a 50 percent higher risk of heart problems, a level comparable to moderate smoking, but doctors do not look out for the problem in people at risk ...[Reuters]
Synopsis: Many doctors are not knowledgable that there is strong medical evidence that indicates erectile dysfunction is a strong indicator of impending heart attack; when patients ask for a prescription of Viagra, the doctors see it as a lifestyle issue when they should open their eyes to the fact that the patient may be at risk of serious cardiovascular disease; 294 words; brief report; newwswire.
See Also: Erectile dysfunction predicts cardiovascular risk in men. ... Erectile dysfunction may be the first signal of what could be an impending heart attack for patients not known to have cardiovascular disease ... Erectile dysfunction appeared two to three years before coronary symptoms in almost all patients ...[MedPageToday]
Synopsis: Erectile dysfunction is a good marker for cardiovascular disease. If you look at a group of men with heart attacks , most of them complained of erectile dysfunction 2 -3 years before their heart attack; 530 words; brief report; medical journal.
See Also: Erectile Dysfunction May Be Earliest Warning of Heart Disease (7/06)
10/14/08 'King of Viagra' jailed for fraud ... sold thousands of counterfeit impotence tablets to customers via the web ... The fake Viagra tablets were mostly sold through the internet, with as many as 200 orders being placed everyday ... were coated in blue paint which was coming off ...[BBC.com]
Synopsis: A 34-year-old British Medical doctor (a Mexican national with an American passport) was sentenced to three years in prison and fined several million dollars for his role in a conspiracy that sold fake Viagra tablets on the internet. The doctor sold as many as 200 orders per day netting him large profits. Court documents revealed that customers experienced side effects such as headaches and nausea. The article points out the danger of buying Viagra on the internet; the conspiracy employed a Finnish P.O. Box as a return address to thwart the efforts of disgruntled customers and law enforcement to find out where the fake pills were actually coming from; 528 words; media report; includes image of genuine British Viagra package of 4 x 50mg tablets
10/13/08 W. Babylon man's 'Viagra' missile lands him in trouble ... former Israeli Army sergeant's latest project - taking a 25-foot-long replica missile emblazoned with the words "Viva Viagra" on a tour of midtown Manhattan last month - has landed him in hot water ... Pfizer's lawyers took notice and slapped him with a lawsuit, citing trademark infringement ...[Newsday.com]
Synopsis: A Long Island publicity seeker fashioned a replica missile out of discarded aircraft parts and painted the Viagra logo and The Viagra slogan (Viva Viagra) on it. Then he drove it down New York City's 42nd street in front of Pfizer's headquarters. Pfizer didn't think it was fully. The went to court to make him stop doing this and they are suing him for trademark infringement; includes comments from the man's neighbors; 657 words; media report; full text.
10/7/08 The effects of sildenafil citrate (Viagra) on uterine blood flow and well being in the intrauterine growth-restricted fetus ... CONCLUSION: Sildenafil does not improve UBF or fetal well being in SUAL-induced IUGR pregnancies and should be used with caution in IUGR and healthy pregnancies because of its detrimental effects on uteroplacental perfusion and on the fetus ...[ Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Oct 7]
Synopsis: Scientists wanted to see if Viagra would increase uterine blood flow and improve oxygenation in the blood of pregnant animals (in this case they used sheep). The experiment determined that silendafil (the scientific name for Viagra) did not have beneficial effects regarding interuterine blood flow or well being. In fact the fetal sheep experienced low blood pressure and increased heart rate (tachcardia); 211 words; scientific study; abstract of.
9/29/08 Men too shy to visit their GP can now get Viagra online ... Although online pharmacies offering diagnosis or dispensing services already exist, Lloyds claims that its website will be the first reputable source for the drugs that is open to scrutiny by regulators ... [Times Olnine UK]
Synopsis: A British company claims it will be the first government regulated Viagra online pharmacy in Britain. It claims this will cut down on the sale of fake or counterfeit Viagra; Patients will need to answer an online survey, the results of which will be sent to a doctor for evaluation. If appropriate, a prescription will be issued and the Viagra will be mailed to the patient; mentions Pfizer's push to have Viagra become available without a prescription in an effort to boost sales; 991 words; media report.
9/29/08 Horny Goat Weed may offer Viagra alternative-study ... researchers modified a compound in the plant called icariin and found it blocked the erection-inhibiting enzyme as well as Viagra did ... cariin is present in the horny goat weed in large amounts and its activity against (the enzyme) is lower compared to Viagra ...[Reuters]
Synopsis: Basic research conducted in the laboratory; was not conducted on patients. Horny goat weed was found to have a Viagra-like effect in the test tube; more research is needed; 425 words; media report.
See Also: Horny Goat Weed Shows Promise for ED ...[WebMD]
9/15/08 Game Over: FDA Cracks Down on Viagra Online Push ... only company sent a "warning letter" for digital marketing by the Federal Drug Administration, asking it to stop airing an online video ...[AdWeek]
Synopsis: Pfizer was using an online video game known as Via Viagra to help market Viagra. FDA forced them to discontinue this practice; includes criticism regarding other online Viagra advertising; 754 words; media report.
See Also: Pfizer Courting More Controversy with Viagra 'Advergaming' ... [Bnet]
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