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Israel’s Defense Ministry Requests Viagra

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By / August 30, 2013

It’s important that Israel’s Defense Ministry has the supplies it needs to keep a strong and safe military, like, of course, Viagra, the erectile dysfunction miracle drug, Haaretz reports.

Like other ministries, the Defense Ministry periodically publishes tenders in the daily press through the Government Advertising Bureau. One such tender recently published seeks 1,200 tablets of 100 mg. sildenafil citrate, the active ingredient in Viagra, to be used by Israel Defense Forces soldiers suffering from erectile dysfunction. The tender is signed by the Medical Corps, so the tablets are not meant for anyone other than IDF soldiers, such as Defense Ministry employees or people being served by the Rehabilitation Branch.

Apparently, the Defense Ministry sought out Viagra before, too. In 2005, an article was published in a Hebrew journal that stated pilots were prohibited from taking Viagra before flying because it could mess with their visual acuity— though other, more excitable senses would be quite sharp, to be sure.

Naturally, the Defense Ministry refused to comment.

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