Infertility Drugs: February 2007 Archives

Boots to sell Viagra without prescription


viagraBritish pharmacy chain Boots will begin a trial program on Valentine's Day to offer men Viagra without a prescription.

The initial pilot program will be offered in three of the chain's stores in Manchester and is expected to last six months, the company said Sunday,

Boots then will consider whether to expand it to other pharmacies. The chain has about 1,500 stores across Britain.

Promising Infertility Drug Falls Short


metformin(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A drug researchers hoped would boost birth rates among women with one of the most common causes of infertility fell short in a new study.

Metformin (Glucophage), which is used to treat diabetes, shown promise in earlier research involving women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) because it increased the frequency of ovulation. In the new study, however, increased ovulation did not lead to increased births.

In fact, women taking metformin had the lowest birth rates in the study, which compared the drug to the standard drug used to treat infertility in PCOS, clomiphene (Clomid). About a quarter of the women taking clomiphene ended up giving birth, compared to about 7 percent of those taking metformin. Combining the two treatments did not lead to better results, with about a quarter of women again having children.