Etymology of Viagra

Steve Kl. stevekl at PANIX.COM
Fri Aug 10 18:52:53 UTC 2001

On Fri, 10 Aug 2001, Jan Ivarsson TransEdit wrote:

> Can someone with better knowledge of Sanskrit than mine tell us which
> explanation is the correct one? And maybe provide us with a better
> etymology of Pfizer's name.

Without consulting Pfizer, I would hazard a guess that the name was
created to play on the words "Vitality" and "Niagara" or similar sounding
words. This is just a guess though. I seriously doubt it comes from an
existing foreign word per se. Branding companies make a killing in
devising trade names for clients. Although some of the words are really
stupid, some of them are sheer brilliance.

-- Steve Kl.

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