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Reclassifying erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil as a P medicine not such a huge leap


Here in New Zealand Sildenafil is Pharmacist only medicine. Pharmacists must successfully pass the online training course to be able to sell Sildenafil to males aged between 35 and 70 years of age. Male customers must undergo a consultation with the trained pharmacist, have their blood pressure checked and must fill in a questionnaire about their health, medication and smoking history. Customer must then sign the declaration that the information provided is true. If they are eligible for supply, customer can return for 3 more supplies within the next 12 months without having to go through the whole consultation again, only BP check. After 12 months they need to undergo a new consultation and sign the declaration again. All the records must me kept in the pharmacy for further supplies. Lots of male customers have to be referred to their GP as they are not eligible for the supply. Not sure if UK will have the same or similar procedure and record keeping in place.

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24 MAY 2017

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