Cialis Maker Wants to Sell It Over the Counter
Eli Lilly seeks change for impotence drug
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2014 6:07 PM CDT
Containers of the drugs Cialis and Cymbalta, made by Eli Lilly & Co., are pictured on shelf at Nora Apothecary Pharmacy in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

(Newser) – Cialis is already the world's best-selling impotence drug, and its makers hope to significantly ramp up sales by making it available over the counter, reports Reuters. Eli Lilly has struck a deal with French drug-maker Sanofi to sell a non-prescription version, assuming they first win the permission of health regulators in the US and elsewhere. Given its side effects such as a potential drop in blood pressure if taken with heart medicine, that's a "big if," says the Wall Street Journal. In any case, no OTC version would be out until patents expire in 2017. (Pfizer, meanwhile, is now selling Viagra online directly to patients, though they still need a prescription.)

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 2, 2014 11:03 AM CDT
Had some kidney issues so I started taking stinging nettle. I added saw palmetto and for some reason that combination for me meant waking up in the morning with periscope up and had to wait it out for a while. I adjusted the time I took it and got the timing closer to where the "up" time was before bed time. The kidney issues went a way but it was too much fun to give up the herbals. Now I always look in the paper for the 2x1 sales at CvS and Walgreens.
AriTai
May 31, 2014 9:04 AM CDT
Given that the young invincibles (those without children between 18 and 32 who see a doctor a total of 6 times - yes, only 6 times) visit the doctor 5.75 times of these 6 for their birth control prescription - we should make BC "pharmacist over the counter" - i.e. get the warnings from the pharmacist about what might happen and if it does to go see a doctor. Then BC would drop from $9 a month at Walgreen's to $4 (like other high volume drugs), and if we made BC subject to NTSB-like "no fault" insurance rules given full disclosure - i.e. just fix the problem, don't attempt to punish - extract damages, then the cost for generic formulations would drop to $2 or less.
JERZJOE
May 30, 2014 6:16 AM CDT
IF YOU HAVE ONE LAST FOR MORE THAT 4 HOURS!! BETTER GET AS FAST AS YOU CAN TO LV!! PERIOD!!