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12th February 2007

Boots has announced it is to start selling Viagra over the counter on Valentine’s Day.

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The high street chemist has said it is responding to figures which suggest that only 10% of men who suffer erectile dysfunction in the UK are receiving appropriate treatment. Boots is to trial over-the-counter sales of the impotence drug starting on National Impotence Day which also happens to be Valentine’s Day. The company’s healthcare director Alex Gourlay said, "This programme is a real innovation in access to treatment of erectile dysfunction in the UK."

Men wishing to buy the drug will have to undergo an hour-long consultation with a pharmacist for basic health checks including blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Healthy customers aged between 30 and 65 will then be allowed to trial the drug at a cost of £50 for four pills. Those wishing to continue with the treatment will then be referred to a private doctor before being allowed to purchase more packs of the drug.

Critics of the scheme say that many men are entitled to Viagra without paying and that this initiative would force men to pay a high price for drugs they are entitled to on the NHS. Dr Jeff Hackett, chairman of the British Society for Sexual Medicine, said, "One of the problems for pharmacists will be to identify these patients who actually shouldn't be paying who are legally entitled to get it free and that's quite a challenge."

It is estimated that three million men suffer from impotence in the UK.

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