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Pfizer Offering Viagra Online via CVS

May 15, 2013

In an effort to stop counterfeiters and protect consumers, Pfizer, Inc. will now sell its drug Viagra directly online.

CVS, a U.S. national pharmacy chain, will handle the administrative tasks for Viagra home delivery, including website management, prescription verification, insurance and billing matters, and pill distribution. According to Pfizer, standard shipping will be free in the continental United States.

Viagra is the brand name of sildenafil citrate, which is commonly prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is a man’s inability to get and maintain an erection firm enough for sexual activity.

Men will be required to have a valid prescription for Viagra. The drug will still be available at brick-and-mortar pharmacies. However, the new distribution system will give men the opportunity to buy their ED medicine safely from the manufacturer through a well-known, reputable online pharmacy. It will also give men who are shy about erectile dysfunction the chance to buy their medicine from the privacy of their own homes.

Dangers and Availiability of Counterfeit Viagra

Viagra is Pfizer’s most counterfeited drug. Men may go online looking to buy Viagra discreetly or cheaply, but are often duped into buying counterfeit medicine from questionable outlets. The counterfeits sometimes contain different ingredients – even dangerous ones like borax and rat poison – and may be manufactured in substandard conditions with no quality controls.

The websites of these online retailers may have a polished, professional look that makes them seem legitimate. The pills themselves may look very much like real Viagra. But they are not genuine.

In a 2011 experiment, Pfizer Global Security officials ordered drugs marketed as Viagra from 22 internet retail outlets. Scientists tested the pills and discovered that 80% of them were counterfeit. They also found that some of the pills contained only 30% to 50% of the active ingredient that was advertised.

“Counterfeit medicines often contain the wrong or incorrect levels of active ingredient, as well as potentially dangerous contaminants,” said Matthew Bassiur, vice president of Pfizer Global Security, in a press release.

“Samples of counterfeit Viagra tested by our labs have contained pesticides, wallboard, commercial paint and printer ink. These findings motivate us to continue our aggressive global efforts to stop those who prey on unsuspecting patients,” he added.

Please click here to learn more about counterfeit medications and how to stay safe when buying medications over the internet.

Resources

Associated Press via Huffington Post

Johnson, Linda A.

“Viagra Online: Pfizer To Sell Popular Erectile Dysfunction Pill Directly To Patients On Its Website”

(May 6, 2013)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/06/viagra-online-pfizer_n_3221103.html

Bloomberg TV

“Viagra Delivery: Pfizer, CVS to Sell Drug Online”

(Video. May 2013)

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/pfizer-and-cvs-offer-online-sales-of-viagra-M8Iiv1dRToCsO30~8bDJNg.html

Drug Store News

DeArment, Alaric

“CVS handles back-end functions as Pfizer sells Viagra online”

(May 6, 2013)

http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/cvs-handles-back-end-functions-pfizer-sells-viagra-online

Pfizer

“Facing Off Against Counterfeit Online Pharmacies: Pfizer Launches New Purchasing Website To Help Alleviate the Guesswork Around Buying Legitimate Viagra® (sildenafil citrate) Online”

(Press release. May 6, 2013)

http://pfizer.newshq.businesswire.com/press-release/facing-against-counterfeit-online-pharmacies-pfizer-launches-new-purchasing-website-he

Philly.com

Sell, David

“Pfizer to begin selling Viagra online”

(May 8, 2013)

http://articles.philly.com/2013-05-08/business/39093538_1_pfizer-inc-cvs-caremark-cialis