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  • Aversion by some Pharmacists to selling Viagra!

    Hi

    support staff in various branches have commented that many pharmacists males and females refuse selling or engaging in a conversation with patients about Viagra! Some cite lack of training as an excuse.

    If you are averse to selling Viagra. What are you reasons. I don't see lack of training as a reasonable excuse.
    Last edited by DavidS; 27th, July 2018, 04:40 PM.

  • #2
    I've heard value for the customer being cited on more than one occasion, to which I generally counter by stating the time and money spent getting a private prescription far outweighs.
    I think there's a level of embarrassment in selling such a product, not that that should be a reason - but an explanation at the very least.

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    • #3
      I can not find anything embarrasing for a health professional when asking the questions enclosed with the promotional stand apart from Do you use Poppers? To which many patients ask what is it and why would one use it ?

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      • #4
        In my neck of the woods it's a very valid question and has stopped a sale on more than one occasion! Party city here.

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        • #5
          Poppers are amyl nitrate. Refresh my rusty pharmacology in relation to this interaction.
          johnep

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          • #6
            Originally posted by johnep View Post
            Poppers are amyl nitrate. Refresh my rusty pharmacology in relation to this interaction.
            johnep
            Enhanced vasodilation!

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            • #7
              Thanks, does that mean "not tonight dear, I have a headache".
              johnep

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              • #8
                It could lead to a very dangeorus drop in the blood pressure. And that is the reason why I wasn't very happy selling Viagra over the counter. You have to highlight to the patient how dangerous it could be if they're on any medication that can interact, but you can never guarantee that they're telling you the truth. When it is prescribed in surgery they have access to patient complete record so it's less likely they'll miss a potentially fatal interaction.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by marianpharmacist View Post
                  It could lead to a very dangeorus drop in the blood pressure. And that is the reason why I wasn't very happy selling Viagra over the counter. You have to highlight to the patient how dangerous it could be if they're on any medication that can interact, but you can never guarantee that they're telling you the truth. When it is prescribed in surgery they have access to patient complete record so it's less likely they'll miss a potentially fatal interaction.
                  Come on. I have been practicing for a long time and never heard of one death from Viagra. Dizziness yes maybe. If you explain how it works they will be honest with you. Pharmacists dont be afraid to tackle new territories. Its a P med now!

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                  • #10
                    It’s widely available in such places as Bangkok and Pattya in Thailand, and I’ve never heard of a related death. That’s not to say there hasn’t been, but there’s certainly not an ‘epidemic’. And my casula observations (not close associations) suggest that many of those likely to be buying it are not in the first flush of youth!

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                    • #11
                      I have only had one person ask about buying it, he was an old chap wanting to buy it for his "nephew". I explained to him that I must talk with the nephew as there was a questionnaire to go through as viagra was a new medicine for sale and there were certain medications and conditions that it couldn't be used with. At first, he didn't understand why I couldn't just sell it no questions asked but once I explained it, he was ok. I'm not scared to sell it but I am careful who I sell it to.

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