Korean Viagra Gets December Release Date

      November 29, 2005 22:59

      Zaydena, the first Korean-made virility pill and the fourth drug of its kind in the world, will go on sale from Dec. 12. The name combines several Latin words to mean "a problem-solver for middle-aged couples who have sexual problems." When translated in Korean, however, it has a more succint message: It "does its work well."

      The Korea Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has approved the new drug produced by Donga Pharmaceuticals that comes in the form of 100 milligram and 200 mg pills.

      The pharmaceutical company plans to hold a ceremony celebrating the development of the drug to coincide with its 73th birthday on Wednesday. It will be available to patients with a doctors' prescription for W7,000 (US$7) or W12,000 depending on the size of the pill.

      The Korean erectile dysfunction medicine takes effect within 30 minutes and lasts for 12 hours. In comparison, Viagra start to work within 30 to 60 minutes of consumption and maintains its effect for four hours. The comparative time for rival Cialis is 16 minute and 36 hours, or 10 minutes and 12 hours for Levitra.

      "The drug has been in phase two of clinical tests in the U.S. since it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last March," an employee from the pharmaceutical firm said. The company plans to sell it in the U.S. market from around 2009.

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