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[EXPLAINED] History of Pfizer’s Viagra - keeping men pumped since 1998

25 May 2022 5:27 PM
Tags:
Sex
Viagra
erectile dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction
Lester Kiewit
The Morning Review
Anthony Smith

Lester Kiewit interviews Dr Anthony Smith, a General Practitioner.

Pfizer invented Sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra) in 1989 by accident when it was developing a treatment for heart-related chest pain.

Health authorities in the United States and Europe approved the famous diamond-shaped blue pill for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in 1998.

The drug changed the lives of many men and women and disrupted the marketing of pharmaceuticals.

The drugs are working. © nightunter/123rf.com

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Did you know?

  • 62 million men regularly use Viagra

  • Viagra cost $15 in 1998 and about $65 dollar today

  • Viagra earned Pfizer $1.2 billion in revenue in 2017


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Pfizer’s patent has expired, and Sildenafil is now sold under numerous generic brand names.

Lester Kiewit interviewed Dr Anthony Smith, a General Practitioner (scroll up to listen).




25 May 2022 5:27 PM
Tags:
Sex
Viagra
erectile dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction
Lester Kiewit
The Morning Review
Anthony Smith

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