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Capitol Health Call
July 13, 2005

No Fed Money for ED Drugs

JAMA. 2005;294(2):171. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.171-d

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.

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