Counterfeit Viagra and What to Look Out For 

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Erectile dysfunction, also known simply as ‘impotence’, has known physical and psychological causes. It is believed to affect around half of men between the ages of 40 and 70, yet despite such high prevalence it is a condition that sufferers often feel embarrassed to acknowledge and seek support for.

However, the introduction of the ‘magic pill’ Viagra in 1998 has completely transformed the way erectile dysfunction is treated, leading to better outcomes for the vast majority of sufferers. Viagra is a prescription-only medicine (POM), meaning it can only be obtained once a qualified doctor has prescribed it. Unfortunately, this has led to the production of counterfeit Viagra by groups with the aim of duping customers into buying the product without the need for a prescription.
Sildenafli-50-4Before looking at practical ways of identifying how to identify counterfeit Viagra, it is first worth looking at how the drug exerts its effect. The active drug, Sildenafil, inhibits the enzyme PDE5, resulting in increased blood flow to the penis and a prolonged erection duration. Once it has done this, the enzyme CYP450 in the liver breaks down Sildenafil, ensuring the drug is safely removed from the body. An overdose of Viagra can therefore cause toxicity, as it causes saturation of the enzymes that are usually responsible for removing the drug. This goes some way to explaining why buying counterfeit Viagra, where the levels of active substance are not properly regulated, can cause serious harm to patients.

Viagra itself is the branded version of the drug Sildenafil. It is produced by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, who also run a counterfeit testing lab that has identified counterfeits in 111 countries. Not only is counterfeit Viagra often less effective, it is also extremely dangerous as it has not gone through the same rigorous process of drug testing as the real product. Pfizer have reported that counterfeit Viagra can contain amphetamine, more commonly known as ‘speed’, and/or blue printer ink, a substance known to be toxic to the human body.  Stroke and liver failure are just two of the potential implications than can result from consuming counterfeit Viagra.

The former basketball star Lamar Odam was left fighting for his life after taking unlicensed Viagra, showing just how dangerous the consequences of taking the fake product can be. More than £11m worth of unlicensed erectile dysfunction drugs were seized last year in he UK alone, highlighting the extent of the problem. The differences between fake and real products can often be very subtle, and this article aims to detail warning signs that should help you be able to identify and avoid counterfeit Viagra.

1) Text

Fake TextAs demonstrated by the image below, there are some key differences regarding the style of the text between real and counterfeit Viagra. The ‘f’ of the Pfizer text engraved into real Viagra doesn’t thin out until near the top of the letter, above the fork.   On the other hand, the ‘f’ of counterfeit Viagra tends to thin out much lower down as depicted by the position of the arrow, below the fork.

Furthermore, be sure to look at the text on the back of the tablet. There you should find the characters ‘VGR’, followed by the strength of the tablet, engraved into the pill. If the characters are missing, this is a sure-fire way of confirming the tablet is a fake. Even if they are present, examine the characters closely. The leg of the letter ‘G’ on real Viagra tablets should be short, whereas the leg on fake tablets is much longer and protrudes further into the ‘G’.

2) Colour 

Viagra tablets should always be light blue, with no colour variation at all on either side. Counterfeit Viagra tablets can have one face that is darker than the other, even though the colour difference is often very slight in such cases.

3) Strength

The standard strengths of Viagra tablets are 25mg, 50mg and 100mg. Any Viagra tablets with strengths that deviate from those listed are counterfeit.

4) Expiration Date

Real Viagra will have a valid expiry date that is clear and easy to read. On the other hand, counterfeit Viagra may lack an expiry date, or it may be obscured by the print on the tablet packaging.

5) No Patient Information Leaflet

Pfizer provide a Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) with every box of Viagra to ensure that any individual wishing to use the product knows how to do so safely. Any Viagra box that does not contain a PIL is therefore likely to be fake.

6) No Prescription Required

prescription-webIt is crucially important that a qualified doctor performs the required medical checks and ensures that Viagra is safe for the patient to take. For example, Viagra should not be taken by an individual who is already taking nitrate drugs, such as Isosorbide. This is due to the risk of the drug combination causing low blood pressure. Doctors and pharmacists are therefore needed to identify any potentially harmful interactions and ensure the patient doesn’t have any medical conditions that may be worsened by Viagra. As aforementioned, a prescription must then be processed before Viagra can be supplied. If the purchaser doesn’t indicate that a prescription is required, then the Viagra they are selling is highly likely to be counterfeit.

Even using the indicators listed above, it can be enormously difficult to identify any clear differences between fake and real Viagra. The sheer amount of fake Viagra produced means that some will have a similar, possibly even identical, appearance to the real product. Perhaps the most important step that you can take to ensure you obtain legitimate Viagra is buying from a trusted seller. Fortunately, you are in the right place to do just that by purchasing your Viagra from Assured Pharmacy. Should you choose to buy from our trusted site, a UK based GMC Doctor will review your preferred treatment and issue a prescription subject to completion of a medical questionnaire. We offer you the choice of buying Viagra or the non-branded version of the drug, ‘Sildenafil’. Both products have been rated at five stars based on over 1200 reviews from users who have purchased them from Assured Pharmacy.

Please speak to our pharmacist or doctor by calling 01625460621 or e-mailing [email protected] if you would like to find out more information or speak to someone in confidence.

 

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References

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Erectile-dysfunction/Pages/Introduction.aspx
https://thecounterfeitreport.com/product/141/Pfizer-Viagra.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36266826
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3272206/The-fake-Viagra-tablets-linked-stroke-liver-failure-death-herbal-supplements-taken-Lamar-Odom-alarmed-health-regulators-years.html
http://www.detectafake.com/viewProduct/?269621
https://www.drugs.com/imprints/pfizer-vgr-100-1184.html
http://www.rxlist.com/viagra-sildenafil/drug.htm

 

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