The embarrassing controversy over the thousands of Viagra pills bought by the army in Brazil

In Brazil, the controversy continues over the purchase, at least surprisingly, by the national army of several tens of thousands of sildenafil pills, a vasodilator better known under the trade name of Viagra. The matter, revealed on Monday, April 11, continues to cause a stir, embarrassing the far-right power of Jair Bolsonaro to the maximum.

According to Elias Vaz, opposition deputy of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), behind the revelation, the licensing order would refer to some 35,000 small blue pills, from 25 to 50 mg, of which more than 28,000 would be destined for the national army. alone, 5,000 in the army and 2,000 in the air force. All for amounts that are not yet clear, but that could amount to several tens of thousands of euros.

Without waiting, social networks did not hesitate to make fun of a “Banana Rebublic” led by helpless soldiers nostalgic for the “barely spoken”. In the midst of a health and economic crisis, others express more seriously their outrage at a power so quick to order Viagra for its troops, after having blocked the purchase of vaccines against Covid-19 for months. “It is an affront to the millions of Brazilians who suffer from the lack of medicines in health centers”reacted on Twitter Marcelo Freixo, socialist deputy in Rio de Janeiro.

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Purchase of 60 penile prostheses

Uncomfortable, power finds it difficult to justify its sulphurous order. According to the Ministry of Defense, the doses of sildenafil would be intended to treat cases of“pulmonary arterial hypertension”, a disease still quite rare in young men, according to doctors. The justifications did not convince anyone, least of all the administrative justice, which has already opened an investigation for possible overbilling. In Congress, some deputies are calling for the establishment of a parliamentary investigative commission, called “CPI du Viagra”.

The controversy could only be at its beginning. On April 14, Elias Vaz himself revealed that, in addition to thousands of erection pills, the army would also have bought 60 penile prostheses, inflatable cylinders from 10 to 25 centimeters intended to remedy penile erection disorders… So many expensive products, worth 10,000 to 12,000 euros each, for a total order that would reach 700,000 euros. Uncomfortable, the staff for their part claims to have acquired only three penile implants.

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