The National Institute on Drug Abuse says it’s time for doctors to move on from erectile disfunction pills and other erectile-disorder medicines, which are often abused.
The National Institutes of Health says the drug industry needs to do a better job of protecting the public.
It says there is no clear evidence of harm and that erectile disorders are not a health risk.
The agency said it’s recommending that physicians prescribe less-expensive, non-toxic erectile problems medication.
It also said doctors should be more vigilant when prescribing these drugs, and that more information on side effects is needed.
The drug industry says erectile issues are not dangerous and that the drugs are safe.
In 2015, the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there was no evidence that erectilator drugs were linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes or death.