Warning: Internet-ordered Viagra is rarely genuine

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If you’re embarrassed that you’re popping the blue pill for medical reasons or simply for more of that “oomph” in the bedroom, and would rather purchase Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) in the comfort and privacy of your computer via the Internet, think again.

A study published in the November edition of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers highlight a growing problem, counterfeit medication, specifically Viagra.

Researchers procured Viagra tablets from websites that did not require a prescription or a health screening survey for purchase.

Of the sample tablets examined, 77 per cent were counterfeit, 18 per cent were authentic and 1 per cent was of an illegal generic.

Notably, the four internet pharmacies claiming to be Canadian did not ship from Canada.

So how can consumers tell that their purchased Viagra is really the real deal?

Common to the counterfeit sample tablets, packages lacked product information leaflets, including appropriate safety warning, and genuine Viagra formulations.  However, medical professionals warn that if purchasing Viagra via the Internet is a must, then caution should be practiced.

 

Source: Campbell N, Clark JP, Stecher VJ, and Goldstein I. Internet-ordered Viagra (sildenafil citrate) is rarely genuine. J Sex Med 2012;9:2943–2951.

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