Bashful? Now You Can Buy Viagra Online
Pfizer will even give you 30% off
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 6, 2013 2:03 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by pfizer shows Viagra pills.   (William Vazquez)

(Newser) – Pfizer Inc., in a first for the drug industry, tells the AP that the drugmaker will begin selling its popular erectile dysfunction pill Viagra directly to patients on its website. Men still will need a prescription to buy the blue, diamond-shaped pill on viagra.com, but they no longer have to face a pharmacist to get it filled. And for those who are bothered by Viagra's steep $25-a-pill price, Pfizer is offering three free pills with the first order and 30% off the second one.

Pfizer's bold move blows up the drug industry's distribution model. Drugmakers don't sell medicines directly to patients. Instead, they sell in bulk to wholesalers, who then distribute the drugs to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors' offices. But unscrupulous online pharmacies are increasingly offering patients counterfeit versions of Viagra and other brand-name drugs for up to 95% off with no prescription needed. Patients don't realize the drugs are fake or that legitimate pharmacies require a prescription. If Pfizer's move works, other drugmakers could begin selling other medicines that are rampantly counterfeited and sold online, particularly treatments for non-urgent conditions seen as embarrassing. Think: diet drugs, medicines for baldness, and birth control pills.

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BinThereDunThat
May 11, 2013 9:00 AM CDT
Isn't it funny the Republicans in Congress don't seem to mind how or where you buy your Viagra, but want to do away with abortion and birth control. We'll get you pregnant, but there's not a damn thing you can do about it. I think it would be a lot better place if women ran the world. They would sure as Hell care more about the planet and the people that live on it.
1492
May 7, 2013 1:39 AM CDT
The so-called fake viagra pills work...there are other meds that will get the job done. Cialis is best. But cost? I doubt that Phizer spends $20 to make a pill and only makes a $5 dollar gross profit. What a racket to be in. Don't tell me it's raining when you are pissing down my back. 1942
bubbahotep
May 6, 2013 10:09 PM CDT
Don't go to the NRA's website for Viagra. They're packin' it.