Many medicines were invented during a long and painstaking work aimed at the development of a specific substance that must treat a certain disease. But some medicines or their effects were discovered quite by accident.
Discovery of Sildenafil’s Anti-ED Effect
This entertaining story is well-known. In the early 1990s, Pfizer scientists worked on a medicine for cardiovascular disease, but at the stage of clinical trials it was found that the drug did not provide a substantial cardiac action, but it had an unexpected and very interesting “side effect“. Some participants did not want to return the pills. It turned out that they had a significantly improved penile erection.
After a lot of new research and safety checks in 1998, blue pills were released to the market, thus giving men and their partners a chance to renew their sexual relations. Viagra caused a real sensation in the market of anti-ED medications, because earlier there had not been such effective and easy-to-use tablets.
By the way, the Nobel Prize (a parody of the Nobel Prize), which is awarded annually to scientists for the most useless research, was awarded in 2007 to three Argentine researchers who found that sildenafil helped hamsters recover better after jet-lag. Jet-lag and Viagra information here. Read more