Bid to reschedule vardenafil as pharmacy only

The maker of vardenafil 10mg (Levitra) has applied for the drug to be down-scheduled to pharmacist-only status.

Bayer says it wants to provide easier access to men with erectile dysfunction (ED), many of whom are too embarrassed to speak to their GP and have turned to unregulated websites to buy unevaluated products.

The move has been backed by local pharmacists, who say it’s a “logical extension” of a growing list of services they can provide like vaccination and emergency contraception.

In New Zealand, pharmacists have been allowed