FDA MAY REQUIRE WARNING THAT IMPOTENCE MEDICATIONS MAY CAUSE BLINDNESS

For the past seven years, the jubilation surrounding the availability of drugs like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra has been remarkable. No other drugs since oral contraceptives have had such a dramatic impact on sexual practices and expectations. As with every other powerful prescription drug, however, the day of reckoning regarding potentially dangerous side-effects was always lurking in the shadows. That day has now arrived.

The FDA has disclosed that, since 1998, it has received some 43 reports of non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), a type of blindness, in men taking impotence drugs (38 involving Viagra, 4 for Cialis, and 1 for Levitra). To be sure, NAION is a very rare condition and the FDA was quick to point out that a definite link between the drugs and the condition has not been established. Yet, the possibility that such a serious side-effect exists is enough to raise the issue of whether the FDA should require a warning these drugs to carry a warning with respect to NAION. Pfizer (Viagra) is considering a label change while Eli Lilly (Cialis) has already added a reference to the reports of NAION. GlaxoSmithKline (Levitra) has not made any public Statement on the matter. .

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