July 11, 2009

Court tells town to pay for Swede’s Viagra

Local authorities in Majorna, Sweden, must subsidize a 30-year-old impotent man's Viagra prescription, a court ruled.

The County Administrative Court ruled in favor of the man, who argued having sex is essential to a reasonable quality of life, The Local reported Saturday.

An assistance program in Majorna had denied the man's original request because Viagra, a drug used to treat erectile disfunction, was not included on a list of subsidized medicines.

The court left open the issue of how much Viagra the man should receive, said Henrietta Nyberg, a spokeswoman for the assistance program.

This is clearly difficult to assess. How often should someone have Viagra? Is it once a week? Does that amount to a reasonable quality of life? Nyberg asked.