Use and Misuse of Cialis

Apparently, erectile dysfunction is the bane of many, as proof of the illegal trade in the hugely popular drugs such as Cialis and its competitors Viagra and Levitra demonstrates. Worldwide, physicians and pharmacists sell the pills without prescriptions. They neglect to fully disclose side effects to those seeking the pills or to ask for a medical history. Men in much younger age groups try to get pills with which to sexually experiment. A few years ago, the most popular “high” in many nightclubs was a cocktail of Viagra and the street drug Ecstacy.

Drug counterfeiters are profiting from Cialis’s name, too. Cialis is one of the most falsified erectile dysfunction drugs today. Pharmaceutical companies like Eli Lilly are heavily cracking down on the overwhelming numbers of internet sites and spammers peddling fake Cialis along with Viagra and Levitra phonies but promising consumers the real thing.

Buying Cialis in Canada

Americans have learned that buying their prescription drugs in Canada can be a cheap alternative to high prices in the States. However, the Canadian government, along with some Canadian pharmacists and physicians, are concerned over the avalanche of drug sales with the United States. Prescription drugs like Cialis are being bought up by internet pharmacies, leaving the Canadian supply low. Supporters of a Canadian ban on this drug trade believe the Canadian community is being left with a dwindling supply of prescription medications, while savvy internet pharmacies buy cheap prescription drugs like Cialis in Canada only to sell them at much higher prices in the United States.

Cialis Versus Viagra’s European Patent

Lilly/Icos, makers of Cialis, has fought Pfizer’s European patent on oral erectile dysfunction drugs. Pfizer had won the patent previously on the grounds that the company believed an orally dispensed erectile dysfunction drug was proprietary and belonged to them. The European Patent Office ruled in favor of Cialis and Eli Lilly’s appeal, overturning their previous decision that had granted Pfizer the patent. According to the new ruling by the European Patent Office, Pfizer has no grounds to claim an exclusive patent. Since Cialis is approved for use in nearly one hundred countries, this was an important decision for Lilly/Icos.

Cialis And Medicare

When the Medicare Modernization Act goes into effect in 2006, Cialis, along with many other prescription medications, will be covered under Medicare. Most prescription drugs have previously been ignored under Medicare.