Review shows dangers of erectile dysfunction drugs sold on the internet

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2010-01-22 23:51

A review from scientist in the UK, US and Sweden reveals that 90 percent of drugs for erectile dysfunction are now sold on the internet. Purchasing drugs to treat ED and other diseases from the internet can harm health by bypassing needed health. Many of the drugs also contain harmful ingredients.

The dangers of counterfeit drugs sold on the internet can also pose health risks from the impurity of the products. According to a review of studies, 2.3 million drugs for erectile dysfunction are sold monthly on the internet and mostly without prescription. Additionally, 44 per cent of the Viagra offered on the internet is counterfeit.

The focus of the analysis was on drugs sold on the internet to treat erectile dysfunction from 1995 to 2009, and included more than 50 studies.

Graham Jackson, a London-based cardiologist who led the study says, "We discovered that 150 patients had been admitted to hospitals in Singapore after taking counterfeit tadalfil [Cialis] and herbal preparations that claimed to cure ED. Seven were comatose, as the drugs contained a powerful drug used to treat diabetes, and four subsequently died."

Jackson warns that erectile dysfunction drugs are not the only counterfeit medications sold on the internet. "In Argentina, two pregnant women died after being given injections of a counterfeit iron preparation for anaemia and 51 children died in Bangladesh of kidney failure after taking paracetamol [acetaminophen] syrup contaminated with diethylene glycol, which is widely used as car antifreeze.”

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