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Tough Choices: The Cost-Effectiveness of Sildenafil

Michael R. McGarvey, MD
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Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(12):994-995. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-132-12-200006200-00011
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When sildenafil (Viagra, Pfizer, Inc., New York, New York) was released to the U.S. commercial market in April 1998, it rocked the nation. Here was a simple-to-take oral treatment for erectile dysfunction; previous treatments had required penile injection, insertion of a urethral suppository, use of bulky mechanical suction devices, or surgical implants. Sildenafil sold for about $10 a pill.

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