The Pentagon’s Bill For Viagra Was $41.6 Million Not $500K

Total Tab For Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Was $84.2 Million

A recent story about the Pentagon’s erectile dysfunction budget was grossly underestimated. Instead of $500,000 and some small change for Viagra and other drugs, the military actually spent $41.6 million according to the Military Times.

If we go back to 2011 and total what was spent on Viagra, Cialis and Levitra since then the figure is $294 million, That’s more money than the government spent on four F-35 Joint Strike Force fighter planes.

We hear a lot of talk about budget issues and how hard it is to cut certain items out of the budget. Well, the current elephant in the Pentagon budget room is why the heck they spend any money on sexual enhancement drugs. The Military Times did some research, and they found the answer. Only $7.67 million was spent on active-duty personnel. Susan McGalla agrees that’s still a big number, but it seems cases of ED have increased in the military.

The balance of the money was used by retirees and their family members who are covered by the insurance. That brings up another question. Why not eliminated ED drugs from the insurance coverage or only pay a portion of the prescription cost? Hard times require hard choices.

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