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Erection Drug Was Not Useful to Two-Thirds of Its Users

According to a large-scale study published in the July issue of the urology journal BJU International, nearly two-thirds of patients have discontinued the use of Uprima// , a drug known to treat problems of erection. The users were not happy with the success rates of this drug.

And 70 per cent of family doctors who expressed an opinion using an official National Health Service (NHS) drug feedback form felt the drug wasn't effective.

Researchers at the UK's Drug Safety Research Unit and University of Portsmouth analysed prescribing data for 11,185 patients seen by NHS family doctors.

The data was gathered from official Green Form Questionnaires that ask doctors to record any significant events recorded in a patient's notes after prescribing newly marketed medicines.

Key findings included:

?65 per cent of doctors said their patient stopped taking Uprima because they felt it wasn't effective and 14 per cent said the patient didn't request a further prescription. (68 per cent of GPs responded to the question).
?Further analysis showed that 59 per cent of patients who didn't find it effective stopped taking Uprima after a month and a further 23 had joined them by month two. (Timescale information was recorded for 79 per cent of patients who judged the drug ineffective).
?70 per cent of doctors said they didn't think the drug was effective and 30 per cent said it was. (65 per cent of GPs responded to the question)
?28.5 per cent of the total patient sample had a history of diabetes, 18.8 per cent had heart disease and 37.2 per cent had tried Viagra. 7.5 per cent were receiving both Uprima and nitrate therapy for angina.
?The most common adverse drug reactions were headache and nausea, in line with the clinical trials and as listed in the Summary of Product Characteristics by the manufacturers.
?The average age of the subjects was 61 and all but eight were male. Three of the women were
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