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December 12, 1998 | Associated Press
Hoping to improve sales of its Viagra drug, Pfizer Inc. has hired former presidential contender Bob Dole for a television advertising campaign to raise awareness about impotence. Dole, a former Senate majority leader, will participate in a series of public service activities, including speaking engagements and educational advertising that focus on impotence and men's health in general, the company said.
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SCIENCE
October 21, 2009 | Melissa Healy
Just in case anyone out there was unconvinced that erectile dysfunction is best treated by popping one of those well-advertised pills, the American College of Physicians has officially proclaimed the superiority of drugs such as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis over hormone treatment. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the new clinical practice guideline finds that for most men who complain of erectile dysfunction, one of the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors -- sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil -- is a more effective treatment than pills, creams, gels or patches containing testosterone.
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NEWS
July 6, 2001 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER and RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When 43-year-old porn actor Tyce Bune goes to work these days, he makes sure to pack something extra in his briefcase along with the usual script and change of clothes: a vial of Viagra tablets. On a typical day, when filming can stretch on for 14 hours, Bune will strip down and have sex in front of a camera crew as many as three times. During busy times, he might work five days a week.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Viagra and other erectile-dysfunction drugs are about to bear new warnings that users might experience sudden hearing loss. It's not clear that the drugs truly trigger hearing loss, but the Food and Drug Administration decided Thursday to add a warning about the possible risk after counting 29 reports of the problem since 1996 among users of this family of medicines. The impotence drugs Viagra, Cialis and Levitra will bear the warnings.
NEWS
June 10, 1998 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fatalities ranged from the oldest man, an 80-year-old who collapsed suddenly in the middle of having sex, to the youngest, a 48-year-old, who experienced chest pains while having sex and later died in a hospital emergency room.
NEWS
June 20, 1998 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reflecting a deepening split among health insurers, Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest HMO, said Friday that it won't pay for the male impotence drug Viagra because its unprecedented popularity would make the coverage too expensive. Kaiser also said it will cancel its existing coverage of other, less widely used therapies for treating erectile dysfunction.
NEWS
January 30, 1999 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Female tempers are flaring. Thirty-four years after the birth control pill was first submitted for approval in Japan, the Ministry of Health finally made a decision this week: It approved Viagra, the best-selling anti-impotence drug, whose application was rushed through in a mere six months. The pill remains banned. "Am I the only person who is outraged by this total nonsense?"
BUSINESS
July 11, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
California regulators cannot force the state's biggest HMO to pay for anti-impotence drug Viagra, a judge has ruled in a decision that might affect prescription coverage by other health plans. The state Department of Managed Health Care had required Kaiser Permanente to provide coverage of Viagra and other sexual-dysfunction drugs.
BUSINESS
August 7, 1998 | Reuters
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said it had won a court order temporarily stopping sales of an imitation of anti-impotence pill Viagra. It said American Urological Corp. has been blocked from selling "Vaegra" and accused the company of making false claims about it.
BUSINESS
July 10, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The spectacular debut of the impotence drug Viagra helped pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. post a 38% increase in second-quarter profit, the company said Thursday. Meanwhile, California drug maker Vivus Inc. reported a second-quarter loss because demand for its Muse treatment for impotence plunged after Viagra hit the market.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Pfizer Inc. won a trademark case blocking drug makers in China from copying its Viagra erectile dysfunction pills' blue diamond shape. A Beijing court ordered the three companies to pay a $38,000 fine to Pfizer, stop producing the blue, diamond-shaped pills -- which didn't contain the active ingredient in Viagra -- and print an apology in a Chinese legal newspaper, Pfizer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2006 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles-based AIDS advocacy group is calling for the manufacturer of Viagra to halt a marketing campaign that the group says promotes the drug's recreational use, increasing the risk of acquiring HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation will run advertisements in publications in New York, San Francisco and South Florida, with the first in Southern California to run today in the L.A. Weekly.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Pfizer Inc. is defending itself in court against Viagra users who claim the drug caused them to lose their vision. At least 17 cases allege that Pfizer failed to properly warn users that Viagra may cause vision loss, said U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson, who will hear the cases in St. Paul, Minn. The first case will probably be heard in about a year, said Magnuson, who met with attorneys involved in the lawsuits.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Client confidentiality prevents Andrew Schirmer from revealing specifics, but it's easy to believe his claim that his job has been especially challenging lately. Schirmer is trying to devise a new ad campaign for Viagra, Pfizer Inc.'s erectile dysfunction drug, after racy spots for impotency pills helped fuel the public's ire over drug commercials.
SCIENCE
January 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Impotence drugs such as Viagra and Cialis can increase the risk of eye damage in men who have a history of heart disease or high blood pressure, researchers reported Tuesday in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. In a small study, scientists at the University of Alabama in Birmingham found that men who had suffered a heart attack were 10 times more likely to have a form of optic nerve damage called nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy if they had been taking anti-impotence pills.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Pfizer Inc., the world's biggest drug maker, will change the label for its Viagra impotence pill to warn doctors about sudden vision loss that has occurred in some men who took the drug. The Food and Drug Administration is asking all makers of impotence drugs to include similar warnings, New York-based Pfizer said in a statement Monday. No causal relationship has been made between Viagra and the condition, a type of eye stroke called non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, Pfizer said.
NEWS
June 7, 1998 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The simple e-mail posting on an Internet discussion group about sexual impotence asked an intriguing question. "My insurance is paying for eight Viagra pills every 30 days," read the message from "Theodore." "Are they trying to tell me something?" Although Theodore didn't answer his own question, the implication seemed clear: His insurance company had determined that sex twice a week--not once a week, not once a month--was about right.
BUSINESS
June 17, 1998 | From Associated Press
Aetna U.S. Healthcare will not pay for the impotency drug Viagra unless employers buy special coverage, because company managers don't consider having sex medically necessary, the company told New York regulators. In a 14-page letter sent Monday to the New York Department of Insurance, Aetna said Viagra could cost it more than $50 million a year and cited "the primarily recreational/lifestyle use and abuse of this drug."
NATIONAL
May 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
Lawmakers moved Tuesday to eliminate federal payments for Viagra and other drugs that treat sexual dysfunction, as a federal agency warned states that they could face sanctions if they didn't end Medicaid coverage for such drugs for convicted sex offenders. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimated Tuesday that Medicaid spends $38 million a year on erectile dysfunction drugs, all but $2 million for Viagra. Sen. Charles E.
NATIONAL
May 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Scores of convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in New York have been getting Viagra paid by Medicaid for the last five years, the state's comptroller said in Albany. Audits by Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi's office showed that between January 2000 and March 2005, 198 sex offenders received Medicaid-reimbursed Viagra after their convictions. Hevesi asked Michael Leavitt, secretary of the U.S.
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