Every so often I post a public service health message for my readers (see my collection of advice columns here). Today I want to warn my readers about Black Market Viagra being manufactured south of the border where it's available without a prescription.
I recently became aware of this problem through an email from one of my constant readers:
Many men are buying "black market" Viagra pills from Mexican mail-order drug stores. The U.S Food and Drug Administration announced that several of these pharmacies are mixing Viagra with ground up Mexican Jumping Beans.
The results can be horrible.
Here is what you get when you combine Viagra with Mexican Jumping Beans:
(scroll down... but warning - it may be NSFW)
Fox News Latino, Viagra is Huge in Mexico - What's up with That?
Mexico is the largest market for erectile dysfunction in the developing world, with about $200 million in sales every year.
That is why Pfizer has chosen the country for the introduction of Viagra Jet, a tablet that can be taken without water and will dissolve quickly -- making it more convenient to use in the heat of the moment. Pfizer hopes that this innovation will help it keep keep its foothold in Mexico’s lucrative erectile dysfunction drug market a year before their patent on the drug runs out and generics enter the picture.
Internet Drug News.com , How to avoid getting ripped off when you buy Viagra online
How Much Does Viagra Cost… The Price of Viagra…
Authentic, FDA-approved Viagra does cost at least $20 per pill. So if you see websites where the cost of Viagra is $3, $5, or even $10 a pill, you will know that they are generic. Stay away from generic Viagra, as the pills are made from compounds that are not FDA-approved and can cause serious harm to your health. The cost of Viagra online should be about the same as you would get at your local pharmacy, but you can actually save money if you buy Viagra online because you won't have a co-pay like you would if you received a Viagra prescription from your local doctor.
There is no such thing as an FDA approved generic Viagra.
The government considers generic Viagra to be an illegal substance.