Why we're doing it
One of the main barriers that prevent men accessing appropriate treatment and support for ED is the current prescribing guidance. The current guidance on impotence prescribing - called the Health Services Circular on Impotence (HSC 1999/148) - was produced in 1999, and fails to provide current best practice for treating men with prostate cancer treatment induced erectile dysfunction (ED) and has only received piecemeal updates such as one last year which removed generic Viagra from the guidance and opened it up for wider NHS prescribing.
Prostate Cancer UK's FOI request data highlights areas where commissioners provide a good choice of ED services and areas that provide little or no ED service, resulting in a 'post code lottery' of ED service provision across the UK. In order to empower men to demand ED services from their health care providers, men need to be informed as to what ED services are available and what service provision is available from their local commissioners and NHS Trusts. This combined with the fact that often men and health care professionals can often find erectile dysfunction a difficult issue to approach.