Is the FDA's vicious vitriol on vaping Viagra villainous or virtuous?

Is the FDA's vicious vitriol on vaping Viagra villainous or virtuous?

Right in the midst of a battle royale defending FDA allegations of a teenage vaping epidemic, the American vapor community now must deal with additional accusations of Viagra-laced e-liquid.   On October 13, the FDA sent a warning letter to the China-based vape company HelloCig Electronic Technology Co., Ltd demanding a response to the agency’s multi-list of grievances within 15-days.   

So, what’s the problem?  Well, for starters, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is none too happy that someone is intentionally placing erectile dysfunction prescription medication into a product – any product - without first gaining the approval of the FDA.

Secondly, the potentially unsuspecting, virtually victimized vaper of Viagra might unwittingly incur a voraciously vainglorious variety of vile health consequences in the immediate hours following, even in the best of circumstances. Viagra has side effects.  Lots of them.  That’s why the FDA requires a doctor’s prescription.  

The vehement vexation of vaping Viagra, via FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb

Even when prescribed by a physician, Viagra can sometimes lead to sudden vision loss, hearing impairment, high blood pressure, nausea, chest pains, and headaches.  It can even cause dizziness.  So, vaping Viagra while driving a vehicle, for example, could prove rather dangerous to the driver, the passengers, other drivers on the road, and innocent pedestrian bystanders.

Furthermore, there’s the rather famous FDA warning cited in nearly every television commercial hawking this miracle drug: “If you have an erection that lasts more than 4 hours, get medical help right away.”  In the spirit of keeping this writing family-friendly, we will not go into further detail on how this rather unusual side effect might possibly cause real problems for the vaper!

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Gottlieb has another dilemma with the Chinese manufacturer.  He seems to be rather upset with HelloCig’s marketing strategies where pill imagery and bottles of Cialis often appear front-and-center in the print and social media advertisements.

Gottlieb also take issue with the name of the vaping device itself, and its related e-liquid refillables.  And who could blame him?  HelloCig is marketing its product line as E-Cialis. In a response posted in Newsweek, Chief Gottlieb made his position very clear.

“There are no e-liquid products approved to contain prescription drugs or any other medications that require a doctor’s supervision…Prescription drugs are carefully evaluated and labeled to reflect the risks of the medications and their potential interactions with other medicines, and vaping active drug ingredients is an ineffective route of delivery and can be dangerous.”
 
“E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous—and dangerous—trend among teens…The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we’re seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end. It’s simply not tolerable. I’ll be clear. The FDA won’t tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products.”
 

To be fair, E-Cialis has been around for a long, long time.  It’s been sold in Canada for several years, but then again, Canada has even legalized marijuana on the national level just a few months ago.  Canada is a real rebel of a country, apparently.  

Does FDA’s Scott Gottlieb have a point?  Is vaping Viagra dangerous? Or is the whole situation just a new form of Viagra-enhanced, vaping-related, FDA-endorsed conspiracy to bankrupt the American vaping industry in an attempt to put more money in the coffers of Big Pharma?  Perhaps all of these can be true at the same time. 

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