Release of active ingredient Sildenafil: Viagra could soon be prescription-free in Germany


The Committee of Experts on Prescription Requirements is unlikely to be known to most Germans. The medicinal ingredient Sildenafil probably too. In this respect, the news that the committee will decide at its next meeting on January 25, 2022 on an application to “release sildenafil 50 mg from the prescription requirement for oral use” does not sound particularly exciting at first. The situation is different, however, if you know that sildenafil is the ingredient of the famous Viagra potency pill from the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

The blue pill, which is no longer subject to patent protection and is therefore also available from numerous other manufacturers as a so-called generic, can only be bought in Germany with a prescription in the pharmacy. The agent is used to treat “erectile dysfunction”, it improves erectile function.

Viagra active ingredient Sildenafil is already available without a prescription in many European countries

Active ingredient already available without a prescription in many European countries
It is unclear what the chances are that the active ingredient will be released. Experience has shown that the stance in Germany is rather restrictive. However, there are a few reasons for the release: Since the preparation has been on the market since 1998, the minor side effects and some interactions with other drugs as well as critical pre-existing diseases have been very well researched.

In addition, a number of European countries have already taken this step: In Great Britain, Poland, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland, for example, tablets with this active ingredient can already be obtained from pharmacies without a prescription. In some cases, however, the sale is only possible if the pharmacy staff has been specially trained in order to be able to give detailed advice. In all countries, the release had led to increased sales of the sexual enhancer.

Viagra without a prescription: Federal Ministry of Health not bound by committee decision

The Committee of Experts has more than 20 experts, including doctors, pharmacologists and pharmacists. If a majority vote in favor of the application, which is usually made by companies, the next step is for the Federal Ministry of Health to decide. However, it is not bound by the recommendation. The repeal of the prescription requirement is only official if this has been published in an amended drug prescription ordinance in the Federal Law Gazette. It then applies to a certain amount of active ingredient and pack size.

The effects of sildenafil were discovered by accident. The manufacturer had actually planned to use it to treat high blood pressure and heart problems. Although all test results were disappointing, men in the test group reported unexpected, positive side effects during sex. Pfizer made billions on the pill until its patent expiry in mid-2013. (RND)


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