Legislation that would eliminate Medicare and Medicaid payments for
certain “lifestyle” prescription drugs was introduced May 24 in
the Senate by Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa). The medications no longer covered
would include erectile dysfunction drugs such Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra,
when prescribed for sexual performance.
Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, said the
government would spend about $2 billion on these drugs between 2006 and 2015.
Mitka M. No Fed Money for ED Drugs. JAMA. 2005;294(2):171. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.171-d