Saturday 23 June 2018

Watch: This is the first Viagra TV advert to air in the UK

The ad for Viagra Connect follows the pill going on sale across the counter at UK pharmacies in March.

Josie Clarke

The first television advert for Viagra to screen in Britain is to air on Thursday.

The ad for Pfizer’s Viagra Connect follows the pill for erectile dysfunction becoming available for sale over the counter at UK pharmacies in March.

In November, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced that it was reclassifying the drug so it could be sold without a prescription.

It was hoped that making the tablet more widely available would mean that men who may have not previously sought help for the condition would be more likely to do so.

The new ad will air at 11.15pm on Channel 4 during a documentary titled Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale.

The ad features a middle-aged couple waking up and dancing together before a packet of Viagra Connect appears on screen.

Pfizer described it as the “story of a couple reconnecting as much as it is about his new-found sense of vitality”.

Aurore Bourdeau, senior brand manager at Pfizer, said: “The television ad for Viagra Connect is a UK first. It is the first time this product has appeared on our screens and the first time any advertising for a medicine to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction has been shown.

“We hope that the ad will help to normalise erectile dysfunction and encourage men to seek advice and solutions.”

Pfizer said erectile problems affect up to one in five men – the equivalent of 4.3 million men across the UK – but many do not seek medical help for their condition.

A pack of four pills can now be bought from high street chemists for £19.99 without the need to visit a doctor first.

Men can buy the drug in pharmacies and online after answering a series of questions to help determine if the product is suitable for them.

Pharmacists determine whether treatment is appropriate for the patient and can give advice on erectile dysfunction, usage of the medicine, potential side-effects and assess if further consultation with a general practitioner is required.

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