buy Viagra online on Treated.comYes. It is possible to purchase Viagra and other erectile dysfunction medications in person from supermarket pharmacies such as Tesco, high street pharmacies such as Boots, and local pharmacies.

However, you will still need to have a prescription issued by a practising doctor (or prescribing pharmacist) to do so. This can only be issued following a consultation, to ensure that the medicine is safe for you to take.

Here, we’ll talk about how to buy erectile dysfunction medication from supermarket or high street pharmacies like Tesco, Boots or Superdrug in person, some of the costs and processes involved, and how buying Viagra online compares to doing so in person.

Buying ED medicine in person

  1. with a prescription

There are several ways to get Viagra and other ED treatments in person.

For some men, Sildenafil (referred to sometimes as generic Viagra) is available via their regular NHS doctor and pharmacist at the standard levy rate, or in certain cases for free. Some patients may be entitled to branded treatment such as Viagra on the NHS too, however Sildenafil is the medication most widely offered.

Men entitled to ED treatment on the NHS are those who have ED but also have certain other conditions, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, polio, multiple sclerosis, or spina bifida.

Currently, Sildenafil and Tadalafil the only approved generic tablet treatments on the market for erectile dysfunction (and therefore the treatments more likely to be issued on the NHS for this purpose). Branded drugs such as Cialis and Viagra are only provided on the NHS if the patient meets certain eligibility criteria.

Men with ED who don’t have the above conditions may be able to get a script for erectile dysfunction medication from their regular doctor, but will have to pay the market price for the drug, and this is typically more expensive than the NHS levy price. A GP may also charge a fee to prescribe erectile dysfunction medication if they do so privately.

Those who obtain a script from their doctor can usually have it fulfilled by any licensed GPhC pharmacy, including the in-house pharmacies at supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda, or at high street pharmacies such as Boots or Superdrug.

  1. without a prescription

Men who do not have a script from their regular doctor can also get Viagra and other erectile dysfunction medications in person, but they will still need to undergo consultation with a doctor or prescribing pharmacist before they are issued the drug.

Because ED treatments like Viagra are POMs, they cannot be sold or issued to a patient without prior screening, to ensure their suitability and safety.

For instance, someone looking to buy Viagra from a Tesco or Boots pharmacy in person who doesn’t already have a prescription will need to arrange a consultation with the pharmacy’s prescriber. This may include taking blood pressure readings, and answering some questions related to the patient’s health in general. Where suitable, a script will then be issued which the patient can have fulfilled at the pharmacy.

However, these consultations are not subsidised by the NHS, meaning that the patient will typically need to pay for them. The price of the drug will also be charged at the standard rate, as it will not be subject to the NHS levy.

Buying ED medicine online

Some e-pharmacies may offer a service which enables them to have NHS prescriptions fulfilled and shipped to them, and some supermarket or high street pharmacies may also offer online services.

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Private pharmacies which operate solely online, such as Treated.com, provide a facility which enables patients to consult with a doctor remotely, and have their medication dispensed and delivered to their home. Patients can buy Viagra or renew their existing course of treatment using these services.

Again, in this consultation, the patent will be required to answer some questions relating to their overall health, so that the prescribing doctor can make sure the medicine is safe.

Once the patient’s order is approved, a prescription is generated and electronically delivered to the dispensing pharmacy, who will ship the treatment.

The patient will have to pay for this service, as it is private and not funded by the NHS. However, whereas someone buying ED medicine from a supermarket pharmacy in person may have to:

  • pay for their appointment or consultation;
  • and then pay separately for the medicine itself at the dispensing pharmacy;

patients using Treated.com to buy ED medicine will just pay one sum per order.

This price is inclusive of:

Buying ED medicine online, or any medication for that matter, should always be approached with the utmost caution. Remember that to provide Viagra, a UK pharmacy must be registered with the GPhC. To read more about safe buying practices when purchasing treatment online, take a look at our information pages.

Page last reviewed:  23/11/2017