US spends millions on impotence drugs


US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama

The United States Army has spent tens of millions of dollars to help soldiers and veterans of the military in the bedroom by covering the cost of erectile dysfunction medications, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

The report said that the Pentagon’s bill for medicine to treat the problem totaled 84 million dollars in 2014.

According to data compiled by the Defence Health Agency within the Department of Defence, half of the total was spent on the drug Viagra.

Since 2011 the US military has spent 294 million dollars on medication to treat erectile dysfunction, about equal to the cost of four F-35 fighter jets.

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The report said that erection dysfunction could be triggered by events soldiers experience during deployment.

Studies show that the number of soldiers who suffer from erectile dysfunction in recent years has gone up.
About 90 per cent of the patients prescribed the drugs were veterans.

A report on the data was published online last week by the Washington Free Beacon, but with far lower figures.