Thinking about war all day should put a blackout in a man’s sex life, or at least that’s what a recently published report would suggest.
According to the Military Times, data from the Health Defense Agency indicate that the US Department of Defense spent $ 41.6 million on Viagra and $ 84.24 million on drugs for erectile dysfunction in 2014.
Since 2011, the bill to cover drugs such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra for active and retired military personnel and eligible family members totaled $ 294 million – nearly as much as four United States Air Force F-35 Strike Fighters , Says the Military Times.
The DoD began covering the cost of Viagra prescriptions in 2012, and currently seven other types of erectile dysfunction drugs are paid under the federal agency’s health plan. Of the 1.18 million prescriptions filled in 2014, 905,083 went to Viagra, at a cost of $ 41.6 million. Cialis was the second most commonly prescribed ED drug, with 185,841 prescriptions for a total of $ 22.82 million. Revatio, the most expensive ED drug, was prescribed at least 1,699 prescriptions in 2014 for a total cost of $ 2.24 million.
The numbers reported by the Military Times far outweighed those of an earlier Washington Free Beacon report, which found that in 2014, the Pentagon spent more than $ 500,000 on Viagra. That analysis was based on a review of 60 contracts with Cardinal Health Inc. for Viagra, and did not account for mail order prescriptions filled out by pharmacy benefits administrator Express Scripts.
The Military Times says that while some studies have found ED has become a growing health problem for service members in recent years, it turns out that less than 10 percent of these documented prescriptions were actually for troops. The rest was for retirees or family members covered by military health plans.
Among active duty military personnel who had ED in the last decade, more than half were diagnosed with “psychogenic ED”, which means that the condition was related to psychological, non-physical, health problems.
ED is a medical condition in which a man is unable to obtain or maintain an erection for sex, and is often a result of psychological problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Medical conditions such as acute injuries and diabetes can also cause ED.