A medical study in the Gulf Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has revealed that Saudis are the sixth largest consumers of sex drugs in the world, fuelled by the 12 percent impotence rate amongst Saudi males.
Emirates 247 reported that Arab countries spend $10 billion annually on sex drugs including Viagra, with Saudi Arabia being the single largest purchaser amongst Arab nations. This continues the pattern observed in 2005 when Arab News reported Viagra was the second top selling drug in the Kingdom. According to Pfizer “It seems more Saudis are taking Viagra than any other men in the Middle East.”
Although there is a market for sex drugs for recreational use in the Kingdom the primary reasons for such high consumption are male impotence and erectile dysfunction. The unnamed medical study cited by Em 247 stated that 80 percent of impotence cases in the Kingdom are associated with psychological problems, with other factors including the high rate of diabetes, and high blood pressure cases, obesity and lack of exercise.
Saudi men can now consult with their doctors in order to be prescribed Viagra, an improvement on the situation that Dr. Shahid Athar reported on when Viagra tablets were costing $100 per pill on the black market. According to the doctor sex drugs are allowed in Islam as the Prophet Mohammed decreed "God has created no disease unless he created a cure for it as well" but they should be prescribed by a physician.