Viagra API fumes affecting locals? Pfizer puts rumours to bed

By Flora Southey contact

- Last updated on GMT

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Rumours fumes from Pfizer’s Viagra API facility are ‘arousing’ locals have been quashed by the drugmaker, which said emissions from manufacturing sites have no effect on human health.

According to reports in UK newspapers including The Telegraph​ and The Sunday Times​, inhabitants from Ringaskiddy – located near Cork – have noticed an improvement in their love life since Pfizer began making the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) sildenafil at the facility.

According to The Telegraph’s report, a Ringaskiddy local told the newspaper: “We have much to thank Pfizer for…It has breathed new life into our relationships.”

However the newspaper said not all locals were as upbeat about the rumoured Viagra fumes, reporting that local Green Party councillor was concerned emissions from the manufacturing site could be damaging to health: “It’s all very funny, but what exactly are these emissions? If we are breathing in this stuff every day, who knows what the long-term health effects might be?”

Pfizer spokesperson Lisa O’Neill quashed the rumours, telling us that while Pfizer is aware of the claims, emissions from manufacturing facilities have no effect on human health.

“Pfizer manufacturing facilities operate to the highest environmental standards and are regulated and licensed by health authorities and environmental agencies which have strict protocols to ensure that emissions from manufacturing sites have no effect on human health or the environment,” ​she told us.

Last week, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced​ Viagra Connect will be available without prescription in the UK following a request from Pfizer.

Sildenafil will continue to be made at the Ringaskiddy facility, but Viagra Connect will be manufactured in France.

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