Department of Defense Spent over $500,000 on Viagra Last Year

Department of Defense Spent over $500,000 on Viagra Last Year

Department of Defense Spent over $500,000 on Viagra Last YearTake away a man’s ability to perform sexually and he will likely feel emasculated. His confidence, positive attitude and psychological wellbeing all take a blow.  But how far do we take this? Should taxpayers, for instance, fund remediation techniques should a soldier who is defending our country have a dysfunction issue?

The Department of Defense (DOD) thinks so. A new finding about government spending has sparked a debate and left many wondering whether taxpayers should foot the bill for a serviceman’s Viagra. That’s because the DOD spent $504,816 on the little blue pill last year. They also purchased $14,540 worth of Cialis and $3,505 of Levitra. Curiously, all 60 contracts were issued by the Pentagon to one particular pharmaceutical company, Cardinal Health Inc., of Ohio. The reason for these purchases according to the paperwork was “Troop Support.”

The DOD began a program allowing the men of the armed services access to Viagra back in 1998. At that time it cost $10 per pill. Today, due to inflation, it is now $25 per pill. Back in the late 90’s the Defense Department only allowed up to six pills per service member per month. Lost or stolen pills were not replaced. A press release put out by the Pentagon said that doctors must give each recipient a thorough examination before Viagra or other ED drugs can be prescribed.

Soldiers are given specific instructions on how to take the medication, and to watch out for side effects including stomach problems, blurred vision, sinus congestion and even headaches. Viagra is effective in about 80% of cases. TRICARE, the military’s health insurance program, covers Viagra along with what are colloquially known as penis pumps. The military calls them “external vacuum appliances.” Testosterone supplementation is also covered under TRICARE for erectile dysfunction. At $504,816, analysts predict that this could equate to a little over 80,770 hours of physical pleasure.

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