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Irishmen gobbling 27.8 million Viagra pills a year

TrendingBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Irishmen gobbling 27.8 million Viagra pills a year

Over the past six years Irish men have popped a shocking 27.8 million Viagra pills annually.

The Irish Mirror reports that the Health Service Executive (HSE) has paid a whopping €57million for 167 million artificial erections since 2009.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the HSE has dropped €57,066,675 on prescription medication like Viagra.

Medical card holders make up €36.7 million while €15.5 million has been spent on erectile dysfunction pills for patients under the Drugs Payment Scheme.

A further €4.8million was spent on the medication for patients with conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis who qualify for the Long-Term Illness scheme.

Medicines prescribed to combat erectile dysfunction include Levitra, Cialis, Sidena and Viagra, which contain the active ingredients sildenafil, vardenafil and tadalafil.

The most commonly prescribed drug is Viagra, which contains sildenafil.

Figures show 25,260 patients were dispensed with medicines containing this ingredient at a cost of €2,453,330.

There has been a drop in the number of men relying on sexual dysfunction drugs with a drop of 6,000 men supplied with the medicines last year.

Last year, the number of unique patients who were supplied with erectile dysfunction drugs at the expense of the HSE was 41,412.