Meet Dr. Nicholas Terrett, the man who invented Viagra, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Viagra on March 27, 1998.
Sildenafil, the chemical name of Viagra was actually intended to treat hypertension and angina pectoris. But the Pfizer pharmaceutical company chemists found that the drug helped in penile erections within 30 to 60 minutes.
They immediately patented it in 1996 before being approved in 1998, it was then used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, the new clinical name for impotence.
Dr. Nicholas Terrett, who is considered as the Father of Viagra, along with Dr Andrew Bell and Dr David Brown, identified the potential of Slidenafil to cure angina in 1991. Terrett was named in the patent for Slidenafil as a treatment for heart problems.
In 1994, Terrett and his colleague Peter Ellis discovered that the drug can also be effective in enhancing the flow of blood to the penile region. The drug immediately hit the ground running and the $8-$10 pills yielded around a billion dollars in sales.
It was marketed in the mainstream television despite of the fact that it was available only by prescription. Though, it has competitors in the form of Cialis and Levitra, none can even come close to Viagra.
It is now being marketed to young men too along with the old men. It is estimated that Viagra has been responsible for about 5 billion orgasms. Here’s how they got to this conclusion:
“Take Viagra’s revenue from Pfizer’s annual financial reports and divide that by the approximate cost of a single pill ($30), and you’ve got approximately how many pills were popped. Take into consideration that the drug only works for about half of men and that just because Viagra goes down your gullet, doesn’t mean the deed is done – sometimes your teen comes home early or work calls (how rude!). Finally, assume that one-third of women and 80 percent of men orgasm during s*x. Simple.
“Granted, we’re assuming the price of Viagra has remained stable (in fact, to be on the safe side, it’s risen dramatically) and that without the little blue pill, these couples wouldn’t be having s*x – thanks to vibrators, that doesn’t mean women wouldn’t still be orgasming. Nonetheless, 5 billion is close. You’re welcome, Dr. Terrett.”