Is Viagra available over the counter in Australia – legal framework!

It should be noted immediately that the answer to the question in the headlineViagra is “No”. Viagra over the counter is currently unavailable in Australia, as well as in the US, Canada, the European Union and most countries of the world. In this article, we will tell about regulating prescription and over-the-counter drugs in Australia and the prospects for the emergence of OTC-5 inhibitors on the Australian pharmaceutical market.

Regulating prescription and over-the-counter drugs in Australia

Under the Therapeutic Goods Act of 1989, medicines that are supplied in, exported from, or imported into Australia, are required to be listed in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). To have a prescription drug included into the Register, a pharmaceutical company should apply for registration. A submission includes the following:

  • data proving the drug’s safety, quality and efficiency when used for intended purposes;
  • appropriate forms completed;
  • paying the required fees.

Viagra, as we have already pointed out, belongs to the category of prescription drugs in Australia.
It is possible to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) medications for treating yourself on your own in supermarkets or stores, specialized in health food. Remedies for cold and cough, treating fungal infections, sunscreens, over-the-counter analgesics, in particular paracetamol and aspirin belong to medications, which do not require prescription.

Prospects of introducing OTC FDE5 inhibitors in Australia

ViagraAustralian government healthcare guidelines are proposed to allow Australian male persons to buy necessary drugs avoiding unpleasant conversation with a doctor for obtaining an appropriate prescription. In the second half of 2016 the Therapeutic Goods Administration started considering Bayer’s application to change the status of Levitra, containing 10 mg of vardenafil, from prescription-only medicament to pharmacy-only one. If the action succeeded, men would get an excellent opportunity to buy the only medication for treating erectile dysfunctions over-the-counter. However, federal authorities warn men looking for ED drugs on the Internet against possible health hazards caused by using OTC medicines.
According to Bayer’s authorities, the company is intended to permit buying over-the-counter medications only to those male persons who meet certain criteria. The Australian Medical Association expresses its concern about pharmacists’ poor training to provide consultations to men with ED. According to Dr Brad Frankum, AMA NSW president, liberalized supply is possible provided the healthcare professional has issued a prescription. His another concern refers to inappropriate access of the drug to those men who can use them for recreational purposes.

The final decision on this issue has not been taken yet. In this respect, it should be noted that Viagra over the counter has been available in New Zealand’s drug stores since 2014.