Updated 12:23 AM EDT, Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Erectile Dysfunction Drug Without Prescription Under Negotiation

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Erectile dysfunction pills may soon be available over the counter. On Wednesday, Cialis, an erectile dysfunction drug, was proposed by makers Eli Lilly and French pharmaceutical company Sanofi to be available without a prescription to provide easier access for people who want to access medications.

According to the UPI, "Cialis maker Eli Lilly and French drug maker Sanofi agreed to a licensing deal allowing Sanofi to sell an over-the-counter version of the prescription erectile dysfunction drug if regulars approve."

Aside from the accessibility to the drugs to assist in erectile difficulties, the companies believe that the over-the-counter sales could prove to be instrumental in curbing illicit online sales of the medication as well as sales of fake or stolen Cialis pills, reports Fox News. The options available to consumers at pharmacies only span to non-Food and Drug Administration-approved dietary supplements that allege to enhance male potency like ExtenZe and Libido-Max.

However, the verdict on whether the non-prescription sales of the pill is still not out as there remains to be concerns on side effects of the medicines. Cialis, along with its competition Viagra, has been known to cause sudden and unsafe drops in blood pressure if taken along with certain heart and blood pressure medications. The argument against its over-the-counter availability lies in its link to fainting and even death, along with other negative effects.

"Millions of men worldwide trust Cialis to treat E.D.," or erectile dysfunction, quotes The New York Times of David A. Ricks, president of Lilly Bio-Medicines. "We are pleased to work with Sanofi to pursue a path that could allow more men who suffer from E.D. to obtain convenient access to a safe and reliable product without a prescription."

USA Today reports that the two companies hope to launch its over-the-counter pill by 2018 when the patents for Cialis expires both in the United States and Europe - opening the market for cheaper, generic products.

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