Large amount of Viagra found in wastewater in South Korea

The levels of the drugs were so high that the sewage-treatments plants were unable to properly filter them out.

A study published in Scientific Reports stated that 'abnormally high concentrations' of Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs have been discovered in the wastewater in South Korea's Seoul.


As per the study, the use of such drugs appeared to rise on weekends and in nightlife hot spots. The researchers have estimated that the use was 31 per cent higher in nightlife areas than in other parts of the city.


The levels of the drug Sildenafil, which is more commonly known by the brand name Viagra, was detected in Seoul's wastewater.


As per the researchers, the levels of the erectile-dysfunction drugs were so high that the sewage-treatments plants were unable to properly filter them out of the wastewater.


The study also revealed that the South Korean Viagra market grew from $33 million to $45 million from 2012 to 2019. Apart from Viagra, South Korea has more than 50 other erectile-dysfunction drugs on the market.

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