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Lawmaker Proposes Informed Consent For Viagra Prescriptions

Lawmaker Proposes Informed Consent For Viagra Prescriptions

 

Ohio state Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) is proposing legislation that would protect men in Ohio from the risk of PDE-5 inhibitors, drugs commonly used to treat symptoms of impotence.

The bill is modeled after Republican “informed consent” bills related to abortion in so much as its presumption is that it is the legislature’s job to mandate what information is disclosed to patients as part of their medical consult. The bill includes provisions requiring the documentation that the symptoms are not psychological in nature, and would guide men to “make the right decision for their bodies”. Doctors would have to get a second opinion from a psychological professional to verify that a patient has a true medical malady before any impotence-treating medication like Viagra could be prescribed.

“The men in our lives, including members of the General Assembly, generously devote time to fundamental female reproductive issues–the least we can do is return the favor,” Senator Turner said. “It is crucial that we take the appropriate steps to shelter vulnerable men from the potential side effects of these drugs.”

The legislation is not purely tongue-in-cheek. The FDA has recommended that the evaluation of erectile dysfunction include a determination of potential underlying causes and appropriate follow-up treatments. PDE-5 inhibitors can carry serious side effects like vision and hearing loss and can cause significant problems for men with heat problems. So given the right’s concern with the dangers of RU-486, for example, you think this would be an easy sell. Sen. Turner is certainly arguing it should be.

“By implementing more intensive screenings before prescribing the medication and requiring outpatient educational services, we can do more to prevent the potential side effects linked to PDE-5 inhibitors,” Senator Turner explained. “We must advocate for the traditional family, protect the sanctity of procreation, and ensure that all men using PDE-5 inhibitors are healthy, stable, and educated about their options–including celibacy as a viable life choice. This legislation will do just that.”

Time to see just how serious the right is about regulating reproductive health and advocating for “life.”

 

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6:37PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

I love, absolutely LOVE, the stink this is making with men when they had nothing at all to say when it was all about women. A shoe that goes on the right foot sure does feel funny on the left foot, now doesn't it?

9:18AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Wow, the govt. really needs to stay out of this health stuff. None of their business.

6:44AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

This is one of the best ways to force the hand of the radical religious right, in my opinion, and exposes their incredible sexism. Their arguments are consistent on one point only, and that is their hypocritical misogyny.

5:06AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

One medication restores natural function to the body and the other one prevents it on an elective basis.
It's logical that medication prescribed to prevent normal function would require a higher standard of guidelines by which it is prescribed.
This canard of an argument is a waste of our time and money, and makes a mockery of the legislative system.

10:48PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

what's good for the goose is good for the gander. if women can't get drugs related to sex neither should men.

2:10PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

More diddling on the taxpayer's dime. Will never happen. However, Catholic men should never have access to Viagra. God created softies for a reason, it's GOD'S WILL. Please sign this
petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ban-male-erectile-drugs/

10:08AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

good article..

8:05AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

thanks!

6:37AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

I think this is a great idea, plus all the males need to be married and like the Dr. said bring in their partner and find out how they feel about their husbands using this drug or any others like it.

This drug can be handed out to rapist as it stands now, and it really can be dangerous for women.

What about vasectomies they are covered by insurance why isn't the Repug's and the far bigoted right wing christians jumping on this?

If the right wants to get into womens affairs to keep them from committing a sin better be more alert for the men.

Oh I forgot it was Eve's fault that Adam ate that darn apple.

12:40AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

thanks for the info

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