The Illegal Miracle Against Erectile Dysfunction

 The illegal 'miracle' against erectile dysfunction

  • The Civil Guard pursues in Malaga the marketing of Kamagra a cheap and prohibited version of Viagra

Kamagra containers operated by the Civil Guard in the province of Malaga.Kamagra containers operated by the Civil Guard in the province of Malaga.

Kamagra containers operated by the Civil Guard in the province of Malaga. 

In Spain the best-known medicine to treat erectile dysfunction is called Viagra. Its active ingredient is sildenafil citrate and its marketing is fully authorized by the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products. But its price, at least about 85 euros for just four pills, does not make it suitable for all budgets. The cheap alternative that many are choosing to access this product comes from India, it is known as Kamagra and its sale is not allowed.

Still, sports nutrition centers, gyms, sex shops and, above all, individuals through web portals for buying and selling the internet have become the main distributors of this unauthorized medicine in Spain, which is raging especially among young people for its low price.


The Nature Protection Service (Seprona) of the Guardia Civil in Málaga has been closely following these illegal vendors for a long time, who face fines of between 30,000 and 60,000 euros as the commercialization of these prohibited products is considered as a serious infraction in Law 29/2006 of Guarantees and Rational Use of Medicines, and it is the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in charge of enforcing it.

Only in the last year have there been four interventions that the team of the chief sergeant of the Seprona patrol in Malaga, Carlos Plaja, has carried out in the province for the sale of Kamagra. Some 500 doses of this product, which is marketed in tablets and also in gel sachets with different flavors, have been intervened in these four operations that took place in Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Marbella and San Pedro de Alcántara.

Two of them were in a sports nutrition store and a sex shop, respectively, and the other two to individuals who sold this drug, which is manufactured in India, where it is authorized online. Like Viagra, it is indicated to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension, although with a large price difference. In its original form, each pill or envelope is purchased at one euro and is usually sold from seven euros here.

A relatively simple and highly profitable business that is increasingly encouraging people to risk selling it. According to Plaja, the two channels of entry into Spain are by private luggage through airports or by direct mail from India after placing orders online. "Buyers, either for their own consumption or to market it later, usually pay for the merchandise first through money agencies and once here they sell it as an extra source of earning money."

Proof of this is that the profile of the seller is usually a young man between 22 and 32 years old who have their own work outside this illegal parallel business. The usual profile of the consumer of this medicine brought from India is also striking because in most cases they are young people, usually between 20 and 30 years old, and many of them linked to weight sport or bodybuilding because the Excessive consumption of anabolics can cause erectile dysfunction problems.

It is the reason, explained the head of the Seprona patrol in Malaga, that in many cases it is in sports nutrition centers or in gyms "where we have found doses of this illegal medicine and that it can have serious health effects if not it's prescribed by a doctor. "

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