Viagra, which serves a viable medical treatment modality for pulmonary arterial hypertension, is most popularly known as drug used by men needing to overcome erectile dysfunction, or an inability to achieve, or keep, an erection. Under normal circumstances, stimulation, such as stroking, allows a man to experience a hardening of his penis as blood flow increases in the area. Viagra ensures that the penis can stay erect after proper stimulation, because it serves to inhibit a specific chemical in the body, thereby widening blood vessels and keeping the blood flow to the penis constant.
Viagra, which came on the scene in 1998 held its patent until not many years ago. Now generic Sildenafil, also put out by Viagra’s parent company, Pfizer, has emerged as a wide market presence. No less than 19 different companies jumped at the chance to get in on the ground floor of the new generic equivalent, garnering licenses for the new, product at the earliest possible moment from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. These companies came from a diverse array of countries, including among them Australia. It’s estimated that as many as 23 million Australian men suffer from erectile dysfunction, which may explain why as of spring 2018, Viagra was considered on the upswing in popularity in that country. It’s also possible that as is happening in many countries that a younger male market is pushing the drive for Viagra consumption. According to Dr. Seth Rankin of the London Doctor’s Clinic, younger men take Viagra because of a pressure to perform that is made all the more intense by a barrage of porn, which promotes an unrealistic expectation as to male prowess.
So, while Viagra may have started out as a drug to aid men in the waning years of their sexual life, it has now become a tool for those in the midst of their most sexually prolific years. The change isn’t necessarily a healthy one, but it has been driven by simple economy, as Pfizer’s exclusive rights to create the drug fell in 2013 and the price for a pack of the generic equivalent, Sildenafil could be purchased at a fraction of the cost. Drugs that enhance male potency, including Viagra are widely available online, via distributorships and pharmaceutical outlets. However, obviously concerns remain, as counterfeit drugs have proliferated in the wake of the drug’s popularity. Viagra was responsible for more than ninety percent of global sales of erectile dysfunction pills as the millennium arrived in 2000. But the well known blue diamond pill took a big hit and fell like a cement block a mere seven years later, plummeting to a fifty percent market share. While some of this was due to emerging and legal competition, there is no doubt that counterfeit and cloned products played a part. Fortunately, for those individuals that care about not inadvertently buying a counterfeit product, Pfizer sells its own product online, at a reasonable cost, per pill, with a prescription, which can be sent in an e-format. Product is delivered directly to the users door and can be expedited for even earlier delivery.