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Brazilian army bought 35,000 Viagra pills, $744,000 worth of penile implants


A Brazilian lawmaker’s request for information from the military revealed the purchase of 35,000 Viagra pills and more than half a million dollars worth of penile implants, the lawmaker said on Wednesday, demanding that the forces armies explain the use of taxpayer funding for these purposes.

Representative Elías Vaz of the Socialist Party of Brazil condemned conservative President Jair Bolsonaro and the military for what he said was embezzlement of public funds, demanding that the federal government spend more on drugs for the general public than for the elderly fighters.

Vaz initially announced that he had discovered, through requested government disclosures, that the armed forces had invested in the purchase of 35,000 tablets of sildenafil, sold internationally under the brand names Viagra and Revatio. Some doses of Sildenafil are used to treat erectile dysfunction. The lawmaker asked the Ministry of Defense to explain the purchase, made with taxpayers’ money.

“We need to understand why the Bolsonaro government is spending public money to buy Viagra in such large quantities,” Vaz said. “Health units across the country frequently face shortages of drugs, insulin, to treat chronically ill patients, and the armed forces receive thousands of Viagra pills. The company deserves an explanation.

The Brazilian Navy and Air Force responded to requests for an explanation by saying the drug was intended to treat patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, an approved use of sildenafil. from Brazil O Globo The newspaper reported on Tuesday, however, that information released by Vaz’s request shows that the pills purchased were 25 or 50 milligram doses.

“Sildenafil is approved… for pulmonary arterial hypertension at a dose of 20 milligrams, which can be prescribed for eight hours a day to a maximum of four tablets every eight hours,” said pulmonologist Veronica Amado. O Globo. “The use of 25 milligram doses (like Viagra) does not have serious health impacts, however, it is a different timing and dosage than those that have been studied, with higher or lower doses than those recommended.

The leaflet containing sildenafil of all brands in Brazil would recommend the higher dosage pills only for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Vaz on Wednesday revealed another medical purchase for which he demanded an explanation from the armed forces: 60 penile implants worth, he says, $744,680 (3.5 million Brazilian reais).

Brazilian Army soldiers take part in a military exercise in Brasilia, Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

“After denouncing that the Bolsonaro government had approved the purchase of 35,000 viagras for the armed forces, I found an expenditure of one million dollars for penile implants for the military,” Vaz wrote on Twitter. “Do you know how much they each cost? Between 50 and 60 thousand! [$10,617.96-$12,741.56] And YOU pay that bill.

In a statement to the Globo network’s G1 outlet, the Brazilian military denied purchasing 60 penile implants, saying it only paid for three.

“The Army Social Communication Center clarifies that only 3 (three) penile prostheses were acquired by the Brazilian Army, in 2021, for surgical interventions for users of the Army Health Fund (FUSEx) and no 60 (sixty),” the military statement said. published by G1. “The amount of 60 (sixty) represents the estimate contained in the price registration minutes and not actually what was incurred, settled and paid by the military medical organizations.”

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrives to attend the annual Navy, Army and Air Force military exercises, in Formosa, Brazil, Monday, August 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

“It is the responsibility of the Army Health System to assist male patients who suffer from various types of illnesses that may require surgery to implant the aforementioned prosthesis,” the Army said.

Bolsonaro, himself a veteran of the Brazilian army, on Wednesday dismissed outrage over the alleged purchases, offering a brief history of the research that led to the development of Viagra.

SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former President of Brazil, greets supporters outside the Sindicato dos Metalurgicos do ABC on November 9, 2019 in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Brazil has accepted the request for the immediate release of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvas, the country's highest court announced on Friday. The emblematic leader of the Workers' Party had been serving a 12-year sentence for corruption since 2018. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, waves to supporters outside the Sindicato dos Metalurgicos do ABC on November 9, 2019 in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. (Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

“15 or 20 years ago they were looking for something to fight pulmonary arterial hypertension, which killed a lot,” Bolsonaro explained during a morning coffee meeting with pastors and evangelical leaders. “And that [Viagra] was discovered as a remedy for this. Along with this, too, this same remedy worked for rheumatological diseases and, as a side effect, something presented itself there that combats sexual impotence.

“It was later known as Viagra,” the president concluded. “Therefore, the armed forces buy Viagra to fight against pulmonary arterial hypertension and rheumatological diseases.”

Bolsonaro also condemned the “bad faith” and “ignorant” Brazilian media for allegedly trying to create a scandal and insisted the purchases were likely for inactive reservists or retirees.

The president did not, at press time, address the alleged purchases of penile implants.

The left’s latest attempt to attack Bolsonaro comes in an election year. Bolsonaro will likely reach a second round against far-left socialist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Lula, whose tenure has been largely defined by the ‘Operation Car Wash’ corruption scandal, was barred from participating in the 2018 election that made Bolsonaro president because he had been sentenced to more than a decade jail time for buying a luxury beachfront property with public funds. In 2021, the left-controlled Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF), the country’s highest court, overturned Lula’s conviction and allowed him to run for public office again.

Lula maintained a sizable lead in the polls against Bolsonaro for years – until Wednesday, when the firm PoderData documented a significant shift in momentum towards Bolsonaro.

“PoderData’s opinion poll showed that Lula would get 40% of the voting intentions compared to 35% for Bolsonaro if the October elections were held on Wednesday,” Reuters observed. “In mid-March, when Bolsonaro’s former justice minister was still in contention, Lula also had 40% support, but the incumbent only attracted 30%.

Brazilians go to the polls in October.

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