Increasing number of Brighton men prescribed Viagra

Figures show that the number of erectile dysfunction drugs prescribed to men has increased in the city.

Figures from the Open Prescribing Service show that 19,067 prescriptions for erectile dysfunction medicines were written in the former CCG area of ​​NHS Brighton and Hove in the year to June.

That was a two percent increase from 18,650 the previous year and down from 20,620 in 2017-18, when the numbers first begin.

These figures relate to the frequency with which drugs have appeared on prescriptions, but do not reflect the quantity of drugs administered, and multiple prescriptions may be issued to the same patient.

Across England, erectile dysfunction medicines appeared on 4.35 million prescriptions in the year to June – up from 4.30 million in 2020-21 and 4.33 in 2017-18.

The vast majority of these prescriptions refer to sildenafil, which patients can obtain from the NHS if they suffer from erectile dysfunction.

If you buy Sildenafil outside of the NHS it may also be known by the brand names Viagra, Aronix, Liberize and Nipatra.

In the year to June, more than 19,000 prescriptions for erectile dysfunction drugs were filled: credit - PA/Flickr - Stock CatalogueErectile dysfunction pill prescriptions up 2 percent year to June: credit – Flickr/Stock Catalogue

The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) said there are likely a variety of reasons why ED drug prescriptions are increasing, including increased awareness and reduced stigma surrounding the condition.

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the RCGP, said: “This may indicate that the stigma surrounding ED is decreasing and awareness of its treatments is increasing, and that patients are becoming more comfortable about coming forward for treatment.

“One of the most well-known drugs — sildenafil, commonly known as Viagra — has also been phased out in recent years, making it cheaper.”

The cost to the NHS of erectile dysfunction medicines nationwide fell from £42.6m in the 12 months to June 2018 to just £16.1m last year.

In Brighton and Hove it fell from £281,000 to £85,300 during this period.

Professor Marshall said GPs follow strict guidelines when prescribing generic sildenafil and will only issue an NHS prescription if there is one of a list of specific medical reasons to do so.

He added, “Erectile dysfunction can be a disturbing condition for many men that can impact patients’ mental health and limit their ability to engage in healthy sexual relationships.”

Across England last year there were the equivalent of 20 ED prescriptions for every 100 men aged 18 and over in the country.

Rates varied from 36 per 100 adult males in Blackpool to just 14 per 100 in North West London.

In July, clinical mission groups were abolished and replaced by integrated care panels across England.

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