Viagra

Health written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each age group were prescribed Viagra through the NHS in each of the last five years.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information is not collected centrally on the number of people prescribed medicines or the medical condition being treated. However, information is available on the number of prescription items dispensed in the community in England.

Viagra is a brand name for the chemical Sildenafil. The following table shows the number of prescription items dispensed for Sildenafil, broken down by brand names, for the last five years.

The number of prescription items for Sildenafil (British National Formulary (BNF) Section 7.4.5 Drugs for erectile dysfunction), by brand name, written in the United Kingdom and dispensed in the community, in England1
Thousands
  Napatra Sildenafil Viagra Total
2009 1.1 1,231.8 1,232.9
2010 1.3 1,274.8 1,276.1
2011 1.1 1,278.3 1,279.4
2012 1.4 1,286.2 1,287.6
2013 2 0.6 830.7 566.6 1,397.9
Notes: 1 Figures are for BNF Section 7.4.5 Drugs for erectile dysfunction only. Sildenafil also appears in BNF Section 2.5.1 Vasodilator antihypertensive drugs. 2 In June 2013 Viagra came of patent. There was a shift in prescribing practice with an increase in prescribing of Sildenefil by its generic name and a corresponding decline in the prescribing of the branded Viagra. Source: Prescription Cost Analysis provided by the Health and Social Care Information Centre

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