Make Viagra available soon, report urges

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 November, 1998, 12:00am

The anti-impotence drug Viagra should be made available at public hospitals as soon as possible, according to a report to be submitted to the Hospital Authority today.


The report estimates the drug will cost the authority $500,000 a year in trial packs and therapy, but the estimated 10,000 men with the disorder will have to pay for the drug themselves.


The report on prescription guidelines, drawn up by Dr Andrew Yip Wai-chun, is based on a preliminary survey at Kwong Wah Hospital.


A poll has shown that 95 per cent of 1,000 patients would be willing to pay for Viagra.


Dr Yip said clinical trials showed it was effective in more than 70 per cent of patients.