Kiwis condemn promotion of anti-impotence drug

March 16th, 2009 - 2:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Mar 16 (ANI): New Zealanders have raised their voices against an Australian anti-impotence clinic after it used pushy, hard-sell tactics to convince men in their country to buy erection drugs.

New Zealand’’s Commerce Commission has received complaints about the Advanced Medical Institute (AMI), which sells erectile dysfunction drugs through 20 clinics in Australia and three in New Zealand.

Recently, the organisation was ordered to remove billboards carrying the words “Want longer lasting sex?”” in both countries.

In an interview with The Dominion Post newspaper, a man said that he phoned AMI’’s free call number and spoke to a doctor, who said he could prescribe him medication costing 3995 New Zealand dollars over the phone.

Although the man decided against the treatment, he was phoned back three times by the company.

“My doctor won”t even give me Viagra because of my heart,”” quoted him as telling the paper.

He added: “I found it was absolutely astounding they would do that over the phone.””

Kiwi urologist Pat Bary, who heads the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, said that the institute’’s advertising was “totally misleading””.

“They”re very pushy in the hard sell that they do and they”re advertising something which doesn”t have the background of credibility,”” said Bary. (ANI)

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