Israel bans import of sildenafil citrate after six deaths in the USBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7145.1625 (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1625
- Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
Israel's health ministry has barred the personal import of the impotence drug sildenafil citrate (Viagra) until further notice, pending the results of a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into the deaths of six American men who took the pills.
Pfizer, the manufacturer of sildenafil citrate, reported the six deaths to the FDA last week, although it is still unclear whether the deaths are related to the drug. The drug for erectile dysfunction has created unprecedented demand in the United States—the only place where it is licensed so far—and elsewhere in the world.
The Palestinian Authority health ministry has also …
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