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More Than Half A Million Dollars Spent on Viagra By Pentagon

| by Arthur Kogan

Cardinal Health Inc., a pharmaceutical company in Dublin, Ohio  generated more than half a million dollars in revenue from orders made by the Department of Defense for the erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra.

According to Fox News, $504,816 was spent for the drug in 2014, in addition to almost $20,000 being spent on other erectile dysfunction drugs, including Levitra and Cialis. Viagra relaxes muscles and increases blood flow to areas of the body to treat erectile dysfunction.

The DOD agreed to 60 contracts with the company for these drugs, filing them under “Troop Support.”

"Defense guidelines allow military physicians to prescribe Viagra only after a thorough evaluation indicates the medication as the optimal regimen for the patient," a release outlining the Pentagon's policy said. "Patients prescribed Viagra also receive careful guidelines for taking the medication. According to defense health officials, Viagra side effects may include headaches, flushing of the face or chest, indigestion, nasal congestion and mild vision impairment." 

A study released in 2014 by the University of Southern California found that young men in the military suffer from erectile dysfunction at a greater rate than non-military males of a similar age: 33 percent versus 7 percent.

According to the lead researcher: “These problems are likely elevated in this young group of military personnel due to the compounding challenges that are unique to our military service members, including intense — but essential — training, relocations, deployment, (and) combat exposure.”

Erectile dysfunction appears to be one of the many negative health effects members of the military deal with, in addition to post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

According to an article by NewsWire, a bigger issue may be whether a high percentage of those in the military are taking antidepressants. “The common side effect of antidepressants is erection dysfunction. In fact, sexual dysfunction is a potential side effect of all classes of antidepressants,” wrote Boris Djuric. “Adding Viagra into the mix can resolve the sex life issues caused by antidepressants. It has been proven to help both men and women with sexual dysfunction.”

“When the Pentagon orders a $500,000 worth of Viagra, the real question that needs an answer is how many U.S. troops are on antidepressants?”

 

Sources: Fox News, RollCall, NewsWire   Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons