The famous little "blue pill" has an interesting story. It started as an accidental side-effect of a drug initially trialled for heart problems and has gone on to revolutionise sex lives globally, providing treatment for those suffering from erectile dysfunction. There are now over 1.7 million prescriptions of Viagra (sildenafil) issued each year in the UK. So where did it all begin?

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The history of Pfizer

Pfizer began in a modest red-brick Brooklyn building in New York, in 1849. It was the brainchild of two cousins – Charles Pfizer and Charles Erhart. By the close of the century, they had expanded to Chicago and built a strong business, with the supply of citric acid as their cornerstone product.

The next century marked a dramatic transformation for Pfizer. And, not just for Pfizer, but a dramatic turning point for our race. In 1927 the miracle of penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming, changing the course of human history. But not fast enough. In World War II the government sought help to increase the production of penicillin. Pfizer was the only company with the fermentation technology to step in. The rest is history. The mass production of penicillin began and for the first time humans had a real defence against bacterial infections.

Towards the end of the century, Pfizer went from strength to strength. It heavily invested in new research and development and launched product after product. These included Vibramycin, a broad spectrum antibiotic; Feldene, the world's biggest selling anti-inflammatory; Glucotrol, for diabetes; Procardia for angina and hypertension; and Zoloft for depression. By 1997, Pfizer was named as Fortune Magazines most admired pharmaceutical company in the world.

And then came along a little blue pill…

How Viagra was created

In 1989 two British Pfizer research scientists, Peter Dunn and Albert Wood, created a drug called Sildenafil Citrate. They developed it to try and treat high blood pressure, angina and the chest pain experienced by those suffering from heart disease. In the early 1990's they began their clinical trials, and got a surprise.

While the new drug wasn't treating heart disease as effectively as they'd hoped, volunteers in the trial began to report an interesting side-effect – increased and prolonged erections, days after taking the tablet. Researcher Ian Osterloh stated that none of them thought too much of the effect at first. But as trials continued, and more and more volunteers started reporting this unexpected side-effect, they began to sit up. When speaking to Cosmos Magazine, he explains:

"I was as surprised as anyone when my research on a potential treatment for heart disease revealed a side effect that sparked a sexual health revolution"

The unusual side-effects, coincided with the publishing of other medical research into the physical processes involved in erections. It became apparent that the drug's impact on blood vessels could be of benefit to those suffering from erectile dysfunction and the research focus changed.

New trials began to investigate this effect. Initially, this involved men watching erotic movies, while taking Sildenafil Citrate or a placebo. Devices measured the girth and hardness of their penises and the initial results were very favourable.

Pfizer invested in a larger scale trial of 300 people, testing out different dosages and lengths of treatments. Ian Osterloh, described the sense of excitement and nervousness as they awaited the results. They were staggering – a 90% response rate at the highest dose.

Billions of dollars were invested, and long-term clinic trials with thousands of patients commenced. The results didn't disappoint. Not only did the trials show outstanding results for suffers with erectile dysfunction, but they also found it worked for patients with diabetes and spinal injuries. In 1996 Pfizer patented Sildenafil Citrate in the US and in 1997 applied for a licence from the regulatory authority.

The world was about to change for those with erectile dysfunction.

When did Viagra become available?

The FDA approved Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) on March 27 1998, almost a decade after it was created. And the world couldn't get enough.

Viagra had the fastest initial sales growth of any prescription product ever launched, surpassing the previous record holder Lipitor. In the first weeks alone it was estimated that over 40,000 Viagra prescriptions were filled by pharmacists. And it worked.

From Time Magazine, to Newsweek, to the Washington Post – all anyone could talk about was the little blue pill 'Viagra'. From Bob Dole, the former US presidential candidate, to the famous actor Michael Douglas, more and more men opened up about using the 'blue pill' and the positive impact it had. In fact, Bob Dole went on to appear in a commercial for the drug, after experiencing the benefits of the little blue pill, following surgery for prostate cancer that left him with erectile dysfunction.

Viagra went on to hit $1 Billion in sales within just one calendar year after launch. It has become one of the most talked about drugs of all time. It described as one of the true pharmaceutical success stories.

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