More than 50% of men in the 7th decade of life in Germany suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) – a sexual disorder treated with phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE-5i) as the drug of choice18.
PDE-5 inhibitors are strongly represented in the illegal (online) trade of drugs. This is even though these drugs may be counterfeit or may not contain the desired active ingredient and therefore may endanger patient safety. In several European countries and New Zealand, sildenafil is available in pharmacies without a prescription following training of the pharmacists. In Germany, this is not yet possible and not necessarily desired among doctors and pharmacists. The question remains open as to what a switch from phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors can achieve.
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