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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Why supermarket Viagra might be a bad idea

Tesco’s plan to follow high street rival Boots and start selling Viagra next week in the UK without a doctor’s prescription could be a bad idea, according to pensions experts. Yes, that’s right; pensions experts.

You might wonder what they would know about it and why they should care. The answer rests on the law of unintended consequences – just as the original discovery of the best-selling drug, Viagra, did.

“The advent of Viagra has been important. Whereas many men in their fifties and sixties were very reluctant to take medical advice a decade or more ago, the drug has encouraged men to go and see their doctor. As a result, other problems are being identified at an early stage and this is having a beneficial effect on male life expectancy.”

More than 30m men have been prescribed Viagra since its discovery in 1998. Whether its beneficial impact on life expectancy will continue when it can be obtained without the need to see a doctor is open to question. But Tesco, which will sell the drug at 300 of its stores next Monday, stressed that a pharmacist will make each sale and customers will be vetted. They will have to complete a questionnaire and have their blood pressure and cholesterol measured, as well as undergo a test for diabetes.

Read the full article at The Telegraph

Ed. I guess the real message here is you should have regular medical check ups regardless of the need for a prescription to buy Viagra. Statistics don't lie..... Hmmm..

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