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I have to say I know a grandpa who wrote to me very recently about the joys of getting a hard on (and all that implies for a sixty-plus year old) via a pill, so I wouldn't run these as either/or--the key problem that I see with large for-profit pharmaceutical companies is that they block medicines (via patents?) to people who need them because that would cut into the "for profit" part of their mandate--and of course they expend vast sums convincing medical practitioners (with bribes) that "there is a pill for every ill."

wchurchill used to have lots to say about the benefits of commercial enterprises and the medical advances they offered, and it's not a field I have come into contact with except anecdotally.

btw, wasn't the hard-on effect a felicitous (for those who have problems maintaining or getting one) side-effect of a drug they were testing for quite another condition?

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Sat Oct 20th, 2007 at 04:15:43 PM EST
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Angina and Hypertension

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Oct 20th, 2007 at 04:23:36 PM EST
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Apparently, they were researching heart disease.

Sildenafil (compound UK-92,480) was synthesized by a group of pharmaceutical chemists working at Pfizer's Sandwich, Kent research facility in England. It was initially studied for use in hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina pectoris (a form of ischaemic cardiovascular disease). Phase I clinical trials under the direction of Ian Osterloh suggested that the drug had little effect on angina, but that it could induce marked penile erections.[1][2] Pfizer therefore decided to market it for erectile dysfunction, rather than for angina. The drug was patented in 1996, approved for use in erectile dysfunction by the Food and Drug Administration on March 27, 1998, becoming the first pill approved to treat erectile dysfunction in the United States, and offered for sale in the United States later that year.[3] It soon became a great success: annual sales of Viagra in the period 1999-2001 exceeded $1 billion.

Angina means heart disease........

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sat Oct 20th, 2007 at 04:25:15 PM EST
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