State lab in Argentina to make, distribute sildenafil

The government of the province of Santa Fe in northeastern Argentina will manufacture sildenafil at the state-operated Pharmaceutical Industrial Laboratory and perhaps sell it to other states in the country. Best known under the Viagra brand name, the drug is also sold under the brand name Revatio and used to treat patients with pulmonary hypertension. Health Minister Miguel Cappiello says the state began trials so that it could produce a liquid for the treatment of pediatric pulmonary hypertension. It moved from there to plans to make a pill for for treatment of male erectile dysfunction. Cappiello told the media the distribution of both forms "will be free and under obligatory medical prescription" and that other Argentine provinces are interested in buying it from the province to distribute under similar policies. Story

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