Cialis could soon be sold over-the-counter

A popular erectile dysfunction drug could become available without a doctor

The companies say it would provide impotence sufferers easier access to the treatment and cut down on the illegal online sales of fake or stolen Cialis.

(NBC) - A popular erectile dysfunction drug could become available without a doctor's prescription.

Eli Lilly and company has struck a deal with a French drugmaker to sell an over-the-counter version of Cialis, if approved by the FDA.

The companies say it would provide impotence sufferers easier access to the treatment and cut down on the illegal online sales of fake or stolen Cialis.

But experts say approval will be difficult.

Drugmakers will have to prove men can take the drug safely without a doctor's guidance and ensure an over-the-counter version would only be taken by men who need it.

Because impotence can be a symptom of other medical problems, some experts are concerned these conditions could be missed if these men never see a doctor.


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