The real story behind America’s most-prescribed treatment for erectile dysfunction is anything but sexy. In fact, its origins are a bit of a downer.
The potent passion pill was originally designed to ease physical troubles of a different kind, not to do the lusty job it gives millions of men a lift with now.
It all started in 1985, when two Pfizer chemists developed a drug called sildenafil citrate. They thought it would be helpful in lowering high blood pressure and treating angina. Little did they know they had their hands on the beginnings of what would eventually become the world’s first oral elixir for impotence — Pfizer’s little blue thrill pill.
You men had better stock up on your Thrill Pills, because when “The Word Gets Out” that it has this new Covid benefit, it will be Really Expensive and Hard (no pun intended) to get.