China's First Erectile Dysfunction Medicine Puts ED Sufferers In The Pink

Chinese men suffering from erectile dysfunction don't have to get the blues now that Jin'ge, the nation's first ED medication, has hit the market in the form of little pink pills.

It didn't take long for legal Viagra analogs to reach pharmacies after Pfizer's patent rights in China expired last July, and according to Yu Ming, an andrological doctor at Chinese PLA General Hospital, domestic pharmaceutical companies such as Shanghai-based Guangzhou Baiyuanshan Pharmaceutical Holdings can escape the financial burden of research and development since Pfizer previously paved the way.

Though Jin'ge shares the rounded diamond shape of Pfizer's famous “little blue pills”, their pink product has been portioned differently to suit the needs of the Chinese market. Most specifically, Jin'ge's per-pill dosage is 50mg, half that of Viagra. Experts in the field of Andrology such as Guo Yinglu, the founder of such studies in China, state that 50mg is a reasonable and effective dose for the majority of those affected by ED. The manufacturer advises that 100mg (or two pink pills) is the suggested maximum dosage.

Guangzhou Baiyuanshan Pharmaceutical Holdings officially released Jin'ge on September 14th, 2014, in a variety of package sizes starting with a single-pill case costing 48 yuan (about $7.80). Larger packages containing 2 pills, 3 pills, 4 pills, and 10 pills are also available with the largest case costing 345 yuan or about $56. One fly in the erectile dysfunction ointment is that experts in the domestic ED field feel the pricing is too high even though Jin'ge is priced 60% lower than legally prescribed Viagra. (via CRI English)