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No script for sildenafil in Boots pilot

Sildenafil will be made available in pharmacists without prescription under a new pilot scheme set up this week in

Manchester.

Boots, which is running the pilot, will consider rolling it out nationally after an assessment of the early results.

The move adds to treatments for potentially serious problems now being offered outside of surgeries. Pharmacists at Boots already sell weight loss and chlamydia treatments and will now supply sildenafil directly to patients at £50 for four tablets.

Patients will have to agree to their GP being informed and the supplying pharmacist will first check blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose.

But the moves could cause extra work for GPs who will have to update records or check for contraindications missed by pharmacists.

Boots said the scheme, which will operate under patient group direction, would also act as a 'men's health screen'.

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