VIAGRA WILL NOT BE SOLD AT AMERICAN SAMOA HOSPITAL

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 18, 1998 - Samoa News)---Viagra, the impotency treatment drug that has been in the spotlight is not a prescription drug at the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center.

And Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at LBJ Taufete‘e John Faumuina said it never will be.

In fact, according to the CEO several residents have made requests for Viagra to be procured as a prescription drug, but Faumuina said that he has told them that the hospital has more important priorities on hand.

"Viagra is a social medicine in my book," said the CEO. "Those who have inquired about the availability of Viagra as a prescription drug have been advised to go to Apia where the drug is available by prescription."

In Apia, however, Samoa’s Medical Association has launched a public campaign advising the public of the health dangers which they feel accompany Viagra.

According to the Association’s President, Dr. Aisoli Vaai, they have documented cases where they claim over a hundred deaths have been associated to Viagra.

"Associated, but not directly connected. But still the implications suggest that the drug is being misused by many," said the Medical Association President.

He added that, based on documented cases, the majority of the patients who died were given a prescription for the drug, but may have taken a much larger dosage than was prescribed.

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