Viagra prescriptions rise in Portsmouth as more men seek erectile dysfunction drugs

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The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said increased awareness and less stigma surrounding the disease may have contributed to the rise.

Figures from the open prescription service show 12,794 prescriptions were dispensed in the former NHS Portsmouth CCG area in the year to June.

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The number of Viagra prescriptions and medications to help men with erectile dysfunction is on the rise. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA.

This is a 2% increase from 12,555 the previous year.

These figures correspond to the number of times drugs have appeared on prescriptions.

The data does not show the amount of erectile dysfunction drug dispensed.

Several prescriptions can be issued to the same patient.

Erectile dysfunction drugs appeared on 4.35 million prescriptions in the year to June across England, up from 4.3 million in 2020-21.

Most prescriptions are for sildenafil, which people with erectile dysfunction can get on the NHS.

Outside of health services, the drug is known under brand names such as Viagra, Aronix, Liberize, and Nipatra.

RCGP Chairman Prof Martin Marshall said erectile dysfunction can be “a worrying condition for many men”.

He added: “This may indicate a decrease in stigma around erectile dysfunction and increased awareness of its treatments, as well as patients feeling more comfortable seeking treatment.

“One of the best-known drugs – sildenafil, widely known as Viagra – has also been taken out of license in recent years, making it cheaper.

The cost to the NHS of the drug has fallen from £42.6m in the 12 months to June 2018 to just £16.1m last year.

At Portsmouth it rose from £175,000 to £68,700 over this period.

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