Ordinarily I have very little sympathy for Monsanto and Pfizer. Pfizer, business ethics are morbid. They were testing Viagra long ago for blood pressure issues. They discovered from the trials that men were seeing erectile dysfunction go away. Viagra failed miserably as a blood pressure drug, so it should have been worth no more than a nickel. When they found that they had stumbled onto an ED solution, they at once marketed the drug for extortionist prices. Never get the impression that care for patients is their deep motive. They are classic money grubbers, and there are many tales of their issuing drugs onto the market that were not tested well, with the result that people were maimed and killed.
So, if you see my opinion of Pfizer, you will understand that the following is more serious than my opinion.
Counterfeit drugs are being smuggled into the USA by the tons. The most deadly method is via Canadian pharmacies which are businesses alright, but they handle a mix of real and deadly fake drugs. Crossing the border into Mexico for cheap prescription drugs is a valid choice, but, like the online Canadian and other sources, it is very hard to know if the Mexican government is on top of their market place.
I have purchased drugs in Mexico for blood pressure etc. They worked. But, I now wonder if this is safe. You should visit a doctor on the Mexican side who has a high recommendation of Mexican friends or colleagues. Ask him which Mexican brands and pharmacies are safe. The price is often as much as 80% cheaper than the US variety, and it is made by a subsidiarity of Big Pharma in Mexico. These valid drugs show us clearly what extortionist prices we pay for the "real thing." Again, Big Pharma are highway robbers, but their product is as pure as prescription drugs get. Safe is not the only issue though. Are there benign alternatives that God made?
The rule is, if you want meds from any nation outside the USA, get them IN that nation from people who will go to jail if the sell you counterfeits. Get a prescription from your doctor BEFORE going to that nation to buy the drugs. A prescription from a Mexican doctor was accepted by the US Customs and Immigration people that last I knew. But, find a well established doctor in a real clinic, not that alleged "doctor" sitting at a table in the back of the pharmacy in El Paso.
Here is a video. It is a bit dramatic, but the message is fact, and the consequences are deadly. The main feature is Viagra because it is a non-essential drug, meaning that it is not needed for normal health of therapy-- it is elective, and it is expensive. The demand is tremendous for obvious reasons. If Pfizer were really concerned for the health of Americans they could dry up this trade overnight simply by seriously dropping the price for Viagra. The market would never go away. They will make money for many years.
The other videos offered at that site above may help to better understand the issues.
There are many other drugs counterfeited other than Viagra. Also, there are imported copies, often under another name, which are chemically the same. But, the further you get from the parent company, the more chance the drug is fake, or at least less potent, or may not absorb correctly. You will not rise to the occasion if the sub-standard Viagra does not dissolve.
There are some issues that cannot be dealt with by alternative treatment or nutrition which we recommend. My wife and I had a very potent strain of Malaria in Ethiopia when we lived there. Without Big Pharma drugs, we would have either died or been left with brain damage. Some of my detractors will tell you the latter actually DID happen. I will leave that for you to decide :-)
In any case, do not pop any drug, even over the counter, that cannot be backed up by someone who is liable for prosecution of losing their license to practice if they sell you rubbish. Your pharmacist is really the most qualified to do this. Even many doctors will tell you that the pharmacist is under the most threat to prevent errors in dispensing drugs. A good pharmacist will also tell you if there are other alternatives to the drug you take. Back to the doctor though to get the final verdict.
As to Viagra, there are herbal options that work as well, but they take time to work, and they may still have side effects. They are less costly, and Big Pharma will never admit they are there. Google for sites with a good reputation to do research for ED herbs at sites, like Dr. Mercola and Dr. Shahalian. The other rule with ED drugs is to get the best results you can from herbs, and then add a limited dose of Viagra. Run your choices by a licensed Pharmacist before you venture into this. They have a massive data base that tells them all the safe combinations. Unproven experimentation can result in serious issues with your member, or it can leave you permanently unable to perform at all.
One of the best ways to avoid ED is to stay out of bed with anyone but your wife, as Solomon suggested long ago:
Proverbs 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
When a politician asks me to trust him to run the USA, yet he is on his third wife, one of which he drove away from him by asking her to share his with other women, BAH. I would vote for a yeller dog before I would vote for such a womanizer. We were grossed out by Slick Willy making a whore house out of the Oval Office-- why ask for it again?
Yes, I am talking about The Newter, which is perhaps a misnomer par excellance.
I suspect the US Congress and Senate help greatly to keep Pfizer's bottom well into the black.