A Chinese national was arrested for the alleged unauthorised sale of counterfeit Viagra in KZN. FILE PHOTO: Elise Amendola

Durban - The little blue pill that could... land a man in jail, that is.

A Chinese national was arrested on Thursday for the alleged unauthorised sale of counterfeit Viagra from his clothing shop in Matthews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Road.

The man, thought to be in his late 40s, was found in possession of an undisclosed amount of the drug after Durban Central police were tipped off, said spokesman, Captain Khephu Ndlovu.

Members of the crime prevention unit raided the shop after a tip-off from community members.

The owner was hauled into the back of a police van while his employees looked on. When he was driven off, it was business as usual as the shop stayed open for the latest bargain designer outfits.

It is not yet clear where the pills were obtained.

According to Men’s Clinic International, fake Viagra pills are common on the black market. But taking them could lead to more dysfunction than aid. They also expire prematurely.

Original Viagra is available only on prescription and after a medical assessment.

According to Men’s Clinic international a pack of four 25mg Viagra pills costs R430, 50mg R501 and a pack of 100mg costs R671.

The shop owner was charged with contravention of the Medicines Act and is due to appear in court soon.

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