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MORE LABELING SOUGHT FOR VIAGRA

A consumers group petitioned the Food and Drug Administration Thursday, demanding that more labels be put on the blockbuster impotence drug Viagra.

The group, Public Citizen, said doctors and patients alike were not aware enough of the dangers of the drug.

"The FDA, in their rush to approve this drug, never put this drug before an advisory committee," Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's health research group, said.

Wolfe accuses the FDA and Viagra's maker, Pfizer, of ignoring the worries of cardiologists.

The drug's labeling states that it must not be taken by anyone using nitrate-based heart drugs, such as nitroglycerin. People who mix these drugs with Viagra can die.

The label also says a thorough medical examination should be made before the drug is prescribed.

But Wolfe says the labeling does not go far enough. He notes that the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have expressed concern about using Viagra in patients with any kind of heart disease.

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