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DROOPY CITY WANTS FREE SEX PILL VIAGRA.

VIAGRA should be given free to counter an alarming rise in impotence which has struck an Irish city, doctors said yesterday.

One in 10 men in Derry are impotent and the numbers are soaring.

Medical experts say the sex drug should now be available on the National Health Service.

Consultant physician Dr Wallace Dinsmore, who treats sufferers at Altnagelvin's genito-urinary clinic, hit out at claims that Viagra would be used as a recreation drug and warned that his patients run a high risk of depression and suicide because of their condition.

Joining nationwide demands for Viagra to be made freely available on prescription, he said: "Large numbers of impotent men attend my clinic but I have never come across one who just wants to enhance his performance."

He warned of the dangers of using the sex pill as a party drug and said deadly cocktails of Viagra and Poppers were being taken in nightclubs.

Chairman of Derry's general practitioners group, Dr Martin McCloskey, backed the call but said safeguards were needed to prevent abuse.

"If people want drugs like Viagra to be available on the NHS they have to be prepared to pay more taxes."
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Author:Carton, Donna
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 25, 1998
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