Just when you think there’s no end to legislators’ stupidity…
A real bill introduced in the Ohio Legislature, requiring doctors take certain actions before and after issuing prescriptions for Viagra, Levitra, and other drugs for ED (erectile dysfunction). Here are a couple of highlights (or, lowlights, really).
(B) Prior to issuing a prescription for a drug intended to treat symptoms of erectile dysfunction, a physician shall do all of the following:
(1) Obtain from the patient a notarized affidavit in which at least one of the patient’s sexual partners certifies that the patient has experienced symptoms of erectile dysfunction in the ninety days preceding the date on the affidavit;
(1) Require the patient to undergo a cardiac stress test every ninety days while the patient is taking the drug to ensure that the patient’s cardiac health continues to be compatible with sexual activity;
(2) Require the patient to attend three sessions of outpatient counseling within a period of not less than six months after the drug is initially prescribed for purposes of ensuring the patient’s understanding of the dangerous side effects of drugs intended to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
Can you imagine the uproar if doctors were required to do something even remotely similar for women who want birth control. Notarized statement from the husband or boyfriend that he doesn’t want children.
You can read the full text here: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_SB_307