Viagra prescriptions on NHS triple in 10 years as stigma fades

The number of prescriptions for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs has nearly tripled in the last decade as they become cheaper and carry less stigma. Figures from NHS Digital show there were 2,958,199 prescriptions for sildenafil in 2016, compared to 1,042,431 in 2006. Prescription numbers rose by 43% between 2014 and 2015, and by 16% between 2015 and 2016. The Royal College of GPs put the sharp rise down to growing awareness, the drug becoming cheaper and less stigma being attached to buying it, with more men feeling “comfortable enough to visit their doctor”. But they also warned about...

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