Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sask. residents spending more on erectile dysfunction drugs

From the Regina Leader Post:
Spending on prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction (ED) has been rising rapidly in Saskatchewan, a report authored by researchers at the University of British Columbia suggests.

The Canadian Rx Atlas, published in December, breaks down Canada’s $19 billion in prescription drug spending and identifies consumer trends in the field.

According to the report, national per capita retail spending on ED drugs grew at an average rate of 39.6 per cent per year between 1998 and 2007. Saskatchewan’s annual growth rate of 45.5 per cent was second only to Quebec.

Canadians spent a reported $154 million on ED drugs in 2007, compared to a mere $4.7 million in 1998. Saskatchewan residents accounted for approximately $3.6 million of that total, or $3.50 per capita.

While he was unable to answer exactly why men in Saskatchewan are reaching for their Viagra or Cialis faster than other Canadians, Dr. J. Steven Richardson, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Saskatchewan, says it may have something to do with demographics. ...more

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