Walgreens Cuts Adrift a Popular Male Enhancement Pill
Walgreens isn’t the only pharmacy in town anymore. One of the first Walgreens products to be targeted for scrutiny was tadalafil, a popular pill used by men who wish to achieve an erection for sex.
Most male enhancement pills are prescribed by a doctor. They are monitored and controlled, usually through prescriptions. There are very few – if any – supplements available on the market that don’t require prescription.
This is not the case with the new male enhancement pill tadalafil. It’s not a drug and does not require a prescription to purchase. The only thing is, it’s a pill.
It can be taken as needed, to achieve erection, however. Not the most desirable effect, but something that thousands of men take everyday – for all kinds of reasons.
First, to be clear, tadalafil is not approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to treat erectile dysfunction. That sort of use would require a doctor’s prescription. This pill is meant to treat impotence, or a lack thereof.
Tadalafil has been in use since at least the early 1970s. It was actually created by two researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. As you might expect, people are not exactly thrilled with its use and have tried to persuade Walgreens to pull the product from their shelves.
So far, they haven’t won their battle. However, Walgreens hasn’t acted in any way to stop the sale of tadalafil, despite being shown a link between the pill and sexual problems. Walgreens didn’t say that the product was linked to any illnesses, and said only that tadalafil wasn’t approved for health purposes.
Many doctors and scientists have questioned the legitimacy of this pill. Many of them did so in a publication published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a respected journal. Most scientists and physicians think that tadalafil and similar drugs are little more than scams. In fact, many doctors in the U.S. believe that this product, and other similar products, should be banned from distribution altogether.
Reuben Marshall, MD, an Indiana urologist, called the behavior of the company “particularly unfortunate,” and called on Walgreens to have a more open discussion about the legitimacy of the product. He said he was “surprised” by the move and wondered why it took so long.
For one thing, “you can’t guarantee that the man’s sexual arousal will be at 100 percent all the time, or even in most of the time,” Marshall said. He added that while this pill is highly touted by some manufacturers, it is nothing to get excited about. In his opinion, it’s “cluster-B stuff.”
Consumers are skeptical of the claim that tadalafil can solve problems like erectile dysfunction, he said. While he appreciated the fact that Walgreens thought enough of this product to allow for its sale without a prescription, he said he would “avoid” it.
“If you can solve erectile dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, or at least, a lot of the problems caused by erectile dysfunction, then it’s worth using,” he said. But if there’s no link between the pills and any kind of illness, then it’s not worth using. “It just doesn’t seem worth it,” he concluded.