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Street-drug status for Viagra?

The erectile dysfunction pill Viagra has become something of a recreational street drug for many gay men, and now San Francisco health officials are asking the federal government to treat it as such. Citing studies linking Viagra use to higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases, city director of STD prevention and control Jeffrey Klausner in August petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to reclassify Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra as Schedule III controlled substances, making them on a par with steroids.

"The reclassification would "reduce illicit use," he said. The FDA will seek public comment on Klausner's proposal through early February before issuing its ruling.
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Title Annotation:Drugs
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 12, 2004
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