Proposed "Viagra Bill" could complicate male enhancement purchas - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Proposed "Viagra Bill" could complicate male enhancement purchases

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A new bill in Tennessee, “The Viagra Bill,” could have men asking permission from their spouses before getting prescriptions.

Tennessee House Bill 1927 follows on the heels of a similar bill filed in Kentucky by Representative Mary Lou Marzian.

"We do not want government involved in personal, private medical matters,” Marzian said.

The bill gives male supporters "a taste of their own medicine." That medicine is recent legislation requiring women to see a doctor at least 24 hours before having an abortion.

Tennessee Senator Sarah Kyle of Memphis is sponsoring the bill by Representative Sherry Jones.

Before getting a prescription for male enhancement pills, the bill, in part, would require:

A patient’s sexual partner to affirm the patient is having symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

  • The patient get a cardiac stress test to prove he is healthy enough to be sexually active.
  • The doctor would also be required to notify the patient in writing of potential risks and complications associated with Viagra.

The bill continues to complicate things for men wanting a refill, including requiring more in-person office visits.

The bill also states Viagra or similar drugs could not be covered by health insurance.

If passed, the bill would take effect in July.

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