The embarrassing controversy over the thousands of Viagra pills bought by the army in Brazil
Brazilian deputy Elias Vaz, during a parliamentary session, in Brasilia, in 2019. He is the one who revealed the affair.

In Brazil, the controversy over the purchase, surprising to say the least, by the national army of several tens of thousands of pills of sildenafil, a vasodilator better known under the trade name of Viagra, is not extinguished. The affair, unveiled on Monday April 11, continues to cause a stir, embarrassing the extreme right-wing power of Jair Bolsonaro to the highest degree.

According to Elias Vaz, an opposition MP from the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), behind the revelation, the licentious order would concern some 35,000 small blue pills, from 25 to 50 mg, of which more than 28,000 would be intended for the national navy alone, 5,000 in the army and 2,000 in the air force. All for amounts that are still unclear, but which could amount to several tens of thousands of euros.

Without waiting, the social networks did not hesitate to mock a “banana republic” led by powerless soldiers nostalgic for the “dicta-hard”. In the midst of a health and economic crisis, others are expressing their indignation more seriously at a power so quick to order Viagra for its troops, after having blocked the purchase of vaccines against Covid-19 for months. “It is an affront to the millions of Brazilians who suffer from the lack of medicine in health centers”reacted on Twitter Marcelo Freixo, socialist deputy in Rio de Janeiro.

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Purchase of 60 penile prostheses

Uncomfortable, the power encounters difficulties in justifying its sulphurous order. According to the Ministry of Defense, the doses of sildenafil would be supposed to treat cases of“pulmonary arterial hypertension”, a disease yet quite rare in young men, according to doctors. The justifications did not convince anyone, and especially not the administrative justice, which has already opened an investigation for possible overbilling. In Congress, some deputies are calling for the establishment of a parliamentary commission of inquiry, called “CPI du Viagra”.

The controversy could only be in its infancy. On April 14, the same Elias Vaz thus revealed that, in addition to thousands of erectile tablets, the army would also have purchased 60 penile prostheses, inflatable cylinders of 10 to 25 centimeters aimed at remedying the disorders of the penis. erection… So many expensive products, worth 10,000 to 12,000 euros each, for a total order that would reach 700,000 euros. Uncomfortable, the staff claims for its part to have acquired only three penile implants.

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