It was on this day in 1998 that the FDA approved the use of the drug Viagra for the treatment of Impotence, what we now call Erectile Dysfunction, and the "Little Blue Pill" was launched onto the market. Viagra was originally created to treat hypertension, or high blood pressure, and angina pectoris, which is a form of cardiovascular disease. The Chemists at Pfizer quickly found out that this new wonder drug had little effect on it's intended targets, but what it did effect...

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Within the first year of production, Viagra was sold for $8-$10 per pill. That wound up raking in close to 1 Billion dollars, even though it was only available through a prescription. Viagra was one of the first to have a celebrity endorse a prescription drug. We all remember a then 70 year-old ex-Presidential Candidate Bob Dole, very uncomfortably telling the nation about how he suffers from "ED". (shuddering)

At least now Viagra has gotten a clue and put beautiful women in their ads now, real  women. And we've hopefully all been able to get any image out of our heads of Bob Dole...

It looks like Viagra and it's new competitors, Cialis and Levitra are not just for "Old Guys" any more. Many drug companies are attempting to target men in their 30's and 40's. One thing that should be stressed if you are thinking of trying any of these drugs, you are in a pool of 20 million other Americans who have already tried them, and beware, the long-term effects on men's health have not been determined. Viagra does carry warnings for men who have heart issues. So use these pills at your own risk.