Viagra Connect advertised on British television

Viagra Connect UK as advertised on television

Have you seen the new  Viagra Connect UK commercial aired on Channel 4 in Britain? If not, we have included a copy in this article. Scroll down to view.

Viagra Connect TV advertisements started 24 May 2018 – the first time an advertisement for the Viagra connect UK
The Viagra Connect advert shows a man dancing to the song of Steve Harley’s hit Come Up And See Me. It is being shown in the late hours after 11 PM.

You can now buy Viagra Connect (or Viagra, active ingredient Sildenafil citrate) in the UK without prescription. People can now buy Viagra Connect in the UK at a pharmacist without consulting a physician or obtaining a prescription. The change in regulation regarding Viagra Connect started on the 28th of March 2018.

Viagra Connect can now be purchased over the counter over 14,000 high street pharmacies throughout the UK.

One report claimed that en may still have to answer questions at the pharmacy they wish to purchase Viagra Connect over the counter however before they allowed to make the transaction.

For more information on this product see the website: viagraconnect.co.uk

Is Viagra Connect price in the Britain competitive?

The suggested Viagra Connect price is £19.99 for a packet of 4 tablets. A packet of 8 Viagra tablets costs £34.99. Of course rices may vary in individual chemists. It is doubtful the price will go below this benchmark. Viagra Connect contains 50mg of Sildenafil, the active ingredient.

Of course you can buy generic Viagra online containing 100mg of Sildenafil for less than £1 per tablet. Hense, it is questionable how popular over the counter Viagra connect will be. Generic Viagra consists of exactly the same ingredients as Viagra®. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer controls the copyright to Viagra®.

People unfamiliar with shopping online, may pay the extra cost to buy Viagra Connect in their local pharmacy. Many men order ED treatments online rather than from their local pharmacy.

Remember, the popularity of buying cost-effective generic versions of erectile dysfunction medications online skyrocketed. This is particularly true after the patent on Viagra expired in the UK in 2013.

Could it be a reason behind this change in policy allowing men to purchase Viagra Connect without prescription? The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) changed the status of Viagra in the UK on March 28 2018. It still fails to stand up to the price challenge mounted by international generic medication pharmaceutical laboratories.

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Viagra Connect vs generic Viagra

Many of the international laboratories that produce generic medications also produce the same brand-name medications. The only difference is the name and packaging, and possibly the shape and colour of the pills.

It would appear that the many beneficiary of this new ruling will be pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. It enjoys a monopoly on brand name Viagra and the Viagra Connect product.

Other ED tablets such as Cialis and Levitra, not controlled by Pfizer, have not enjoyed similar status in the UK. Some may claim that the financial might of large multinational pharmaceutical firms have too much influence of government legislation and medical regulations.

High street UK chemists like Boots and Lloyds also stand to gain if they can recoup some of the lost sales to online generic Viagra sales.

In addition to cost consideration, another advantage of buying ED tablets online is privacy. There remains a stigma attached to erectile dysfunction and many men may prefer to keep their condition private. Customers still have to complete a consultation process in British high street pharmacies before they can purchase Viagra Connect over the counter. Hence losing the appeal of online privacy.

How big is the market for Viagra Connect in the UK?

The problem of erectile dysfunction seems to be large in Britain although whether it is growing or not is hard to gauge. A Pfizer study, Sex Lives After 40, claims that many men suffering form some degree of ED were also suffering relationship problems due to this condition.

Pzizer studis claim that around 4.5 million British men suffer from some degree of erectile dysfunction in the UK and would be able to benefit from impotence treatments such as Viagra Connect.

NHS studies have indicated that around 10% of all men have some issues with sexual performance including both erectile dysfunction (ED) or premature ejaculation (PE). Many believe however that these figures are far lower than the reality.

The stigma associated with these conditions usually result is a significant under-reporting of the problem. It also forms a major factor of why many men prefer to buy Viagra online.  Not only is stigma reduced but it costs significantly less.

What is the difference between Viagra Connect, Viagra and generic Viagra?

In a nut shell, there is no difference apart from branding and marketing. They all consist of the same erectile dysfunction drug called sildenafil.

Sildenafil is a PDE5 inhibitor first discovered during clinical tests in Swansea in 1998. They were testing sildenafil as a candidate for blood pressure regulation. Scientists discovered during the trials that the drug had a side effect to enable erections among men. The rest, as they say, is history.

Viagra Connect consists of 50mg of sildenafil. One can buy Viagra® and generic Viagra in different strengths from 25mg up to 200mg. 50mg of sildenafil is a sufficient dose for most cases of erectile dysfunction. However those with acute cases of ED may need to take more. Those sensitive to sildenafil and prone to side effects may want to take a smaller dose.

Viagra side effects

Viagra side effects include temporary visual disturbances, flushing, and headaches.

Despite a number of negative side effects have been linked to sildenafil citrate, the active ingredient of Viagra, the incidence of these side effects is neither common enough or severe enough to warrant a doctor’s prescription.

Having said that, sildenafil is not the PDE5 inhibitor with the least incidence of side effects. Tadalafil, the long lasting PDE5 inhibitor used in Cialis, has less propensity to cause negative side effects that sildenafil. This is because tadalafil has no effect on one’s vision despite its long lasting effects (36 hours as opposed to 4-5 hours for sildenafil) on curing ED.

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