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26 March 2012

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Would-be Romeo Rudolf Kovac, 33, ended up in casualty with an agonising 24-hour erection after downing Viagra pills to impress his new girlfriend.

Frustrated Kovac - from Trnava, Slovakia - was left standing when girlfriend Martina Kupecka, 28, failed to turn up after he'd already swallowed the impotence pills.

"It was a non-stop throbbing. I could hardly sleep it hurt so much. In the morning it was still really painful and I just couldn’t take it anymore, so I went to the hospital," he said.

ER medic Dr Ivan Kubis explained after dishing out a stiff telling off: "I told this young man in no uncertain terms that Viagra should only be taken by men who have real problems with erections. It is not for young, virile men looking to impress a member of the opposite sex. What he did was simply absurd and potentially dangerous."

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Fake Viagra dealer told to hand over £14m
27 April 2012

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Southwark Crown Court found the man made more than £15m from selling fake drugs

A man who sold counterfeit medicines, including Viagra, has been told to hand over more than £14m by Southwark Crown Court.

He kept customers' details in a folder entitled the Thick People File. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it was the largest confiscation order against a dealer in fake medicines. Simon Hickman, from Tameside in Manchester, was sentenced to two years in jail in June 2009. He ran an illegal online pharmacy which sold counterfeit and unlicensed drugs for erectile dysfunction.

A six-year investigation by the MHRA and the North West Regional Asset Recovery Team uncovered a lavish lifestyle involving luxury cars and properties. The court found that he made £15.4m from his dealings and ordered him to pay £14.4m. He has been given six months to pay.

Danny Lee-Frost, head of operations at the MHRA, said: "The granting of this order today demonstrates the MHRA's commitment to ensuring that those responsible for the sale and supply of fake and unlicensed medicines will not benefit from their criminality. Fake medicines can be dangerous and the MHRA are determined to protect patients."

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Nepal 'Himalayan Viagra' harvest droops to record low
10 June 2012

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File photo shows the yarchagumba, a high-altitude wild fungus that is prized for its aphrodisiac qualities.

AFP - Every summer, Himalayan villages empty as locals rush to the mountains of northern Nepal to harvest yarchagumba, a high-altitude wild fungus that is prized for its aphrodisiac qualities.

In recent years, however, the yield has been severely depleted by over-picking and the probable effects of climate change, experts have warned, prompting fears about the future of the "Himalayan Viagra" harvest.

This season's crop has been particularly poor, say the villagers who rely on the rare, parasitic fungus to earn money to feed their families. "We returned home as we could not even collect more than 10 pieces of yarchagumba in a month," Nar Bahadur Bohara, who had been harvesting in the remote northwestern district of Darchula, told the Kathmandu Post. "Those who had collected 150 to 200 pieces last year could make it only 20 to 30 pieces."

Fellow forager Narendra Thekare said the area had seen no rain for two months while winter snowfall, which is needed for the fungus to thrive, had been minimal. "Production of yarchagumba has declined over the past five years. If this situation remains for some years, yarchagumba might vanish," Thekare said.

Neighbouring China has a huge appetite for the obscure fungus, pushing prices above $11,500 per pound (450 grams) and putting its value somewhere between silver and gold. Despite declining harvests, the export trade still brings essential cash into the impoverished local economy with Darchula district earning about 7.3 million rupees ($85,000) last year, according to officials. Thousands of foragers in the mountains are able to support their families for a year with a decent haul from the April to June season, but competition for yarchagumba can turn violent. In November a court convicted 19 villagers over the murder of a group of seven farmers during a fight in 2009 over the fungus in Nar, an isolated village 13,000ft (4,000m) above sea level.

Yarchagumba is effectively two organisms, the larva of the Himalayan ghost moth and the Cordyceps fungus. The fungus spores attack the larva while it lives beneath the ground, killing it and causing a mushroom to sprout out of its head. There has been no definitive research conducted by Western scientists but Chinese herbalists believe the fungus -- an excellent balance of yin and yang, as it is both animal and vegetable -- boosts sexual performance. Boiled in water to make tea, or added to soups and stews, it is said to cure a variety of other ailments from fatigue to cancer.

It was relatively unknown to the West until 1993, when it was cited as one of the secrets behind the success of the Chinese women's record-setting track team at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany that year. Their coach boasted that he gave them the fungus in turtle blood.

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Graphic factfile on the yarchagumba, Nepal's high-altitude wild fungus that is highly prized for its aphrodisiac qualities.

A recent study by Uttam Babu Shrestha, a PhD scholar at the University of Massachusetts and a research associate at Harvard University, found yarchagumba yields declining considerably. He found the average harvest in Dolpa, a Nepalese district which borders Tibet and accounts for more than 50 percent of the trade with China, had decreased from 267 pieces per harvester in 2006 to 125 pieces in 2010. Shrestha attributes the decline to over-picking and climate change. "It's worse this year. People have not been able to find any significant harvest," he told AFP by telephone from Dolpa. "There are 16 pastures here and they were opened up 15 days ago. About 5,000 people have come here since then and searched for yarchagumba like they have always been doing, but they haven't found any."

Shrestha said he had been collecting reports from other pastures and the situation was as bad across the region. "A clear reason for the problem is over-harvesting and premature harvesting but climate change has also been an issue. "People were saying there was less snow in winter and temperatures were rising.... I'm pretty sure that if there is no intervention the yield will be further depleted," he said. "Local people have the same feeling -- that yarchagumba will be gone in 10 years."

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:19 pm 
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Swiss men buying more 'Viagra' online
By Lyssandra Sears
2 July 2012

More and more Swiss men are buying what they believe to be Viagra on the internet, but the pills can contain cement or even rat poison, consumer watchdogs warn.

The number of men resorting to purchasing illegal pills on the internet has “dramatically increased”, Michael Rudin, director of the Consumer Forum Switzerland, told online news site Blick. “The market is growing annually by 30 percent."

Around 300,000 packages of sexual performance-enhancing drugs were sold in Switzerland last year. But prices are steep, with a pill costing some 20 francs ($21), a sum not recoverable through health insurance.

A large number of men, many of them embarrassed at having to seek help for their erectile dysfunction, are instead buying drugs from illegal internet companies. “Many men are too proud to go to the pharmacy or the doctor to buy officially approved Viagra,” Rudin told Blick. As well as avoiding the need to speak about their impotence, the men also pay a lot less online, where the pills can retail for as little as two francs each.

But drugs purchased online are potentially very dangerous, since the consumer cannot be sure what ingredients they contain. "Many are illegal and cause illness, instead of healing. They can even be fatal. A dangerous game of Russian roulette," Swissmedic spokesman Daniel Luthi told Blick. Recent cases have emerged where drugs bought from China or India have contained rat poison and cement. In China, cement is advertised as being a sexual performance-enhancer, which strengthens men’s penises. “There have been hospitalizations of people who have used drugs bought over the internet and have taken an overdose," Luthi said.

Customs seized about 1,300 packages of the drugs last year, but it is estimated that a far higher number made it through.

Source: The Local Switzerland.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:32 am 
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Couple jailed in 5 million Euro Viagra scam
10 October 2012

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An OAP and his ex-wife have been jailed in Feldkirch, Austria, for selling an estimated 5 million euros worth of fake viagra tablets online.

The 62-year-old named only as Michael H. for legal reasons and from Bregenzwalk, in Vorarlberg, faced charges of Serious Professional Fraud and membership of a criminal organisation. His ex-wife admitted fraud.

The court heard allegedly sold hundreds of thousands of fake Viagra and slimming tablets to customers online and the man was jailed for four years, while his wife was jailed for 8 months. The 62-year-old's defence lawyer Nicolas Stieger claimed that his client was only helping out his son and it was in fact the son who was the prime organiser of the illegal drug ring.

The man accepted the orders, put the fake tablets into packages, and sent them. His ex-wife admitted franking 3,600 packages of the tablets and taking them to the post office.

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Peruvian club eyes Viagra for on-field boost
27 February 2013

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AFP - Leading Peruvian football club Alianza Lima is considering the possibility of giving its players Viagra during matches played at altitude in the local championships.

In a country where some Peruvian league matches take place in towns between 2,700 and 3,300 metres, Alianza players could be looking at reaping the benefits from the erectile dysfunction drug.

"When we were in Spain during pre-season, we talked with the club doctor and he explained to us that Viagra could help improve the physical conditioning of players at altitude," coach Wilmar Valencia said. If results showed that the male potency pill enhanced on-field performances, "the club would use it", Valencia vowed.

The Alianza club doctor, Dr Blacido, said Viagra helped the heart pump more blood, thus allowing better oxygenisation, without it falling foul of anti-doping measures. According to Dr Blacido, clubs like Brazil's Gremio already use Viagra for matches played at altitude.

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Does that mean they're also playing with erections? Like Thomas Muller below... :evil grin: :happy0192:

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Herbal alternative to Viagra discovered
8 January 2013

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Ginseng is a plant that has been used for thousands of years to bolster overall health Photo: ALAMY

A study found men with erectile dysfunction managed to improve their performance in the bedroom after taking the tablets for just a few weeks.

Although some previous studies have suggested ginseng can help tackle impotence, many have been conducted in mice. The latest research, carried out in South Korea, involved more than 100 men who had been diagnosed with erection problems.

Impotence affects one in 10 men in the UK at some point in their lives. Although drugs such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra have revolutionised treatment in the last 10 years, around 30 per cent of men who take them see no improvement. While herbal remedies like ginseng have been touted as alternative treatments, the evidence to support their use has been lacking.

Ginseng is a plant that has been used for thousands of years to bolster overall health. The root contains several active substances, called either ginsenosides or panaxosides, that are thought to be responsible for the medicinal effects of the herb.

Scientists at the Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea, recruited 119 men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction. The group was split into two and while half took four tablets a day containing extracts of Korean ginseng berry, the rest took identical dummy pills. After eight weeks, researchers measured improvements by using a recognised scale called the International Index of Erectile Dysfunction.

The results, published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, showed a small but significant improvement in sexual function in the ginseng group compared to those on the dummy tablets. In a report on their findings the researchers said: "Korean ginseng berry extract improved all domains of sexual function. "It can be used as an alternative to medicine to improve sexual life in men."

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Pfizer looks to stiffen sales with online Viagra
By Alistair Osborne
6 May 2013

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Viagra: to enjoy a better sex life is to enjoy better health (ALAMY)

Bashful men averse to discussing their personal problems with the local pharmacist will be perked up by the news that Pfizer is to start selling Viagra direct to customers via its own website.

But the maker of the little blue pills is not making its move just to spare the blushes of every drooping paramour. The US drug-maker is taking a hard-headed business decision in its fight against the counterfeiting that sees 80pc of Viagra pills sold online turn out to be fakes. Not only does that cost Pfizer lost sales and leave buyers with pills that may not do the trick but it also exposes them to decidedly unsexy ingredients, including pesticides, paint and printer ink.

Matthew Bassiur, Pfizer’s vice president of global security, said shy men who bought online were “playing Russian roulette”, calling the factories making lookalike Viagra pills “deplorable”. “You wouldn’t even want to walk in them, let alone ingest anything made in them.” Men will still need a prescription to buy the pills at viagra.com and they are pricier than the fakes at $25 a pop – though Pfizer is offering three free tablets with a first order and a 30pc discount with a second.

Launched in 1998, Viagra took the world by storm. Ad campaigns were fronted by the likes of Pele, whose insistence he didn’t actually need the pills himself led to headlines professing the footballer could “still do keepy-uppy”. But, while Pfizer has the patent until 2020, fakes have hit sales - down 7pc in the first three months of 2013 to $461m. Other drug companies will now be keeping a keen eye on Viagra sales.

Traditionally drug-makers sell to wholesalers, which distribute drugs to doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. Pfizer may have hit upon a new route to market for other embarrassing afflictions. Hair loss pills anyone?

Source: Telegraph UK.

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Italy ranks second-highest in Europe for sales of Viagra
13 November, 2013

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(ANSA) - Milan - The Lombardy region in northwestern Italy leads the country in the volume sold of the medication Viagra, while central Emilia Romagna reports the greatest per capita annual sales, according to figures released Wednesday.

As the medication to treat erectile dysfunction marks its 15th anniversary, the research shows that Italy is the second-largest consumer of Viagra in Europe, after Britain, with 86 million tablets sold since it came to market.

In Italy, more than six million pills have been sold to date this year, with Lombardy claiming more than one million of those tablets. Measured on a per capita basis, Emilia Romagna reported an average sales volume of 588 tablets for every 1,000 men over age 40, followed by Tuscany with levels of 563 pills for every 1,000 men over 40.

The region of Liguria reported sales of 546 pills per 1,000 men over 40 while the region that consumed the least amount was Basilicata, with only 230 Viagra pills for every 1,000 men over age 40. Among Italian cities, Rome holds the record for the largest number of tablets sold this year, at more than over 570,000, followed by Piacenza, Rimini and Livorno.

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Viagra Can Increase Risk Of Developing Skin Cancer
April 9, 2014

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – According to a recent study, men who take Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction could have an increased risk of developing melanoma.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States; and melanoma is the deadliest kind of skin cancer.

Researchers from various institutions, such as Harvard and Brown Universities, analyzed data from a study of over 26,000 men to see how cancer rates compared to those who took Viagra to those who didn’t. They found that 6 percent of the men had taken Viagra, which suggested they had double the risk of developing melanoma that the men who didn’t take the drug.

“This is an observational population study – it’s an association not a demonstration,” Professor Robert McLachlan, director of Andrology Australia, told ninemsn. “The drug may also tickle up those early melanoma cancer cells to go feral.” McLachlan said further research is needed in order to determine a link. “The message is that we know a lot about melanoma and how not to get them and it all boils down to lifestyle from an early age and onwards,” he added. “Whilst this is an interesting observation, the real issue is that it’s a disease that starts way back in childhood. Sunsmart approaches are the most important thing to consider.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

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'Natural' energy drink banned for containing erectile dysfunction drug
by Tomas Jivanda
Friday, 18 April 2014

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The energy drink MosKa was banned for containing a heavy dose of the popular erectile dysfunction Levitra. Rex Features

A ‘natural’ energy drink has been banned in Australia after it was found to contain a prescription only erectile dysfunction drug at levels above the recommended dosage.

MosKa, described as a herbal energy drink designed to naturally enhance sexual performance, was found to contain Levitra - the brand name of drug vardenafil - when tested by Australian authorities.

Possible side effects of the drug include priapism - an abnormally long lasting and persistent erection, which can cause permanent damage, along with sudden hearing loss. It is particularly dangerous for men with heart conditions - who are not prescribed the drug - due to possible cardiovascular side effects.

In a statement on the company's website, MosKa said the batches were produced by an external supplier and so they were unaware of the undeclared ingredient. “We are devastated to have found that the overseas OEM supplier for Moska energy for adults had included an undeclared ingredient, Vardenafil (Levitra), within the natural ingredients,” the statement said. “As such, we have terminated the supplier and in the process of producing the product with our own formulation to ensure no hidden ingredients. All our future products will be tested for compliance with all regulatory requirements.” It added: “MosKa is currently producing new products with our own formulation and production process to ensure there is no adulteration and no hidden ingredients.”

An advisory posted by the Australian Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration said distribution of the drink, contained in a red can, is now illegal, adding that any found my customs will be seized and destroyed.

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Viagra ads target women for 1st time
30 September 2014
By LINDA A. JOHNSON

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

In the new 60-second ad, a middle-aged woman reclining on a bed in a tropical setting addresses the problems couples encounter when a man is impotent. "So guys, it's just you and your honey. The setting is perfect. But then erectile dysfunction happens again," she says before encouraging men to ask their doctor about Viagra. "Plenty of guys have this issue - not just getting an erection, but keeping it."

Having a woman speak directly to men about impotence is a unique strategy for Pfizer Inc. The world's second-biggest drugmaker is looking for ways to boost sales of Viagra, Pfizer's No. 6 seller, at a time when it is encountering new competition.

Patents give a drug a monopoly, generally for 20 years. But when those patents expire, cheaper generic versions flood the market, often wiping out most of the brand-name drug's sales within a year. Viagra has faced competition from cheaper generic versions in Europe since its patent expired there 15 months ago. Sales fell 8 percent last year to $1.9 billion. And in three years, Viagra will get generic competition in the U.S., where it costs about $35 a pill. Meanwhile, new competitor Stendra just got approved. Pfizer has seen generic competition for several of its other drugs cut revenue by billions, so it is hoping to stem the revenue losses for Viagra.

The market for ED drugs is big. About half of men over 40 suffer from ED, occasionally or always, yet only 10 percent take medicine regularly, said Dr. Irwin Goldstein, who directs the San Diego Sexual Medicine center and has researched sexual disorders for decades.



Having a woman in ads makes sense because women often are more upset by ED than their man, he said. They often lose interest in sex and find it painful, said Goldstein, who has done patient testing of multiple ED pills and received consulting fees from their makers. He said men generally dislike going to doctors, and when older ones do, they often linger as the doctor finishes, shifting from one foot to the other in what doctors call "the Viagra shuffle." Doctors then ask if the man wants Viagra, he said.

Executives at New York-based Pfizer hope the new ad campaign, which includes print ads in publications such as Esquire and Time, will nudge women to broach the subject with their mates. In the ad, the actress also uses the word "erection" instead of the industry euphemism, "ED." Pfizer's marketing chief, Vic Clavelli, told The Associated Press that the company is trying to take a more direct approach in ads, unlike past ones that were "built around very subtle innuendo."

Until now, women have been absent or played background roles in the many ads for ED drugs since the first, Viagra, was launched in 1998. Viagra gave men an alternative to penile suppositories, surgery and injections, and 50 million worldwide have since taken it. Ads for rival Cialis have featured couples getting frisky during everyday activities and then lounging in his-and-hers bathtubs. Viagra ads typically show middle-aged men doing things such as construction work and deep-sea fishing.

"It's definitely a unique strategy that could work," said Edward Jones health care analyst Ashtyn Evans. "The more people they can get loyal to their brand, the better."

But some question whether the ad, which is slated to appear on shows including "CSI," "Blue Bloods" and "48 Hours," will build loyalty. "I'm not sure it will result in more sales," said Les Funtleyder, health care portfolio manager at Esquared Asset Management.

Viagra commercial: http://www.viagra.com/viagra-tv-commercial.aspx

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Viagra to be sold without prescription in Britain
29 November 2017

LONDON (AFP) - Britain is to become the first country in the world where the erectile disfunction drug Viagra can be bought without the need for a doctor's prescription from 2018, its maker Pfizer said.

The US pharmaceutical giant made the announcement late on Tuesday, saying it had received authorisation from the British regulator following a public consultation. The hope is that men who have not previously sought help will now be more likely to do so, although men with heart problems or taking "interfering medicines" will still need a prescription to purchase Viagra.

Officials also hope that the decision will avoid purchases of Viagra on websites operating illegally. "This decision is good news for men's health," said Mick Foy, group manager in vigilance and risk management of medicines at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. "The move to make Viagra Connect more widely accessible will encourage men to seek help within the healthcare system and increase awareness of erectile dysfunction," he said.

Berkeley Phillips, UK medical director at Pfizer, said: "We understand some men may avoid seeking support and treatment for this condition, so we believe giving them the option to talk to a pharmacist and buy Viagra Connect could be a real step forward."

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Viagra goes generic: Pfizer to launch own little white pill
By LINDA A. JOHNSON
December 6, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The little blue pill that's helped millions of men in the bedroom is turning white. Drugmaker Pfizer is launching its own cheaper generic version of Viagra rather than lose most sales when the impotence pill gets its first generic competition.

On Monday, Pfizer will begin selling the generic at half the $65-a-pill retail price. Generic maker Teva Pharmaceuticals can start selling its version then, but isn't disclosing the price. Many more generics go on sale next summer, which will steadily slash the price of generics, possibly by 90 percent.

Launched in 1998, Viagra was the first pill for impotence. Cialis and Levitra, which came out in 2003, get their own generic competition next fall.

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