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Tesco launching OTC Viagra service — and undercutting Boots price (updated)

By News team

Tesco Pharmacy is making the erectile dysfunction treatment Viagra (sildenafil) available without a prescription, via a patient group direction, from 300 of its UK pharmacies from next Monday (27 September 2010).

Tesco’s commercial manager for pharmacy services Shona Scott said: “The service is available to men aged between 40 and 65 years. They will have to complete a questionnaire and we will then carry out a blood pressure test, diabetes screen and cholesterol test.

“Provided that they are suitable we will discuss their options and can sell them an effective treatment.”

Tesco’s decision to break into the Viagra market comes a year after Boots became the first UK pharmacy to offer customers a high-street erectile dysfunction service.

Under the Boots initiative patients pay £55 for an initial health screening and four tablets and than an additional £26.59 for subsequent packs of four. Tesco pharmacists will provide the health screening and eight Viagra tablets for £52.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11026452

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