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Today, wholesalers dispatch Viagra Connect, which will be available at all UK online and high-street pharmacies as an over-the-counter medication for the first time on April 16th 2018.

It marks a landmark worldwide launch of a non-prescription ED pill.

Rather than going to their doctor for a prescription, men can now walk off the street and purchase Viagra Connect — or get it from a licensed online pharmacy.

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Today, wholesalers are dispatching Viagra Connect to be distributed to all UK pharmacies. The medication will be available at all UK online and high-street pharmacies as an over-the-counter medication on April 16th 2018 for the first time, marking a huge shift in how men in the UK treat their erectile dysfunction (ED) and impotence.

However, Viagra Connect manufacturer, Pfizer, and pharmacy chain, Boots, struck an exclusive deal that led Boots to sell the drug as of 27th March 2018 — two weeks before the rest of the nation’s pharmacies.

In response to the early launch of Viagra Connect, Scott McDougall, pharmacist and director of The Independent Pharmacy, reveals his thoughts on how this deal will impact independent pharmacies across the country:

“The National Pharmacy Association expressed disappointment in the way Pfizer and Boots handled the exclusive Viagra Connect launch — a move which forced independent pharmacies and smaller businesses to wait two weeks after Boots’ launch before we could sell Viagra Connect — and we feel this disappointment too.

“Pfizer has been great at providing pharmacies with training and sales materials to ensure that Viagra Connect is safe and effective from day one, and a two week period is unlikely to impact local pharmacy sales figures in the long-run.

“From an online perspective, we still think that online pharmacies have a unique space in the ED market. After all, patients will still need to undergo a face-to-face consultation if they visit their high street chemist.

“As an online healthcare provider, we can still offer the same help and advice to patients, with that extra bit of privacy for patients who feel uncomfortable talking about their impotence in person.”