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Obtaining a Wife’s Consent for Filling a Viagra™ Prescription


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Healthcare issues and concerns are a serious matter for individuals, regardless of the malady. And certainly men afflicted with erectile dysfunction or ED is certainly not a laughing matter. I have filled a large number of prescriptions in my day for those drugs that help in alleviating ED. I could not help being amused and annoyed by a proposed bill in Kentucky requiring men to consult with their wives before procuring a prescription for Viagra™, Cialis™, Levitra™, or Avanafil™.
Men would often come to me to pick up their prescriptions for him and his wife, yet if he also had a prescription for sexual matters, he would want that prescription paid for separately and often he would pay cash. For whatever the reason, he did not want his wife to know. I for one always respected that.
A few years ago my wife was hospitalized for some health concerns. I know HIPAA laws, of course, patient health information is private, and health care providers are responsible for maintaining that privacy. Nursing staff left my wife’s charts and health information in her room; I knew not to look, but before I even had a chance a nurse came to retrieve my wife’s records. And that is the way it should be.
Some major requirements of Kentucky House Bill 396 are:
1. A man must have two office visits on two different calendar days before prescribing a drug to help his ED.
2. A man must present a letter signed and dated by his current wife providing consent for a drug for ED.
3. A man must be currently married to receive a prescription for ED.
4. A man must place his hand on a Bible and swear that he will only use his prescription drug for erectile dysfunction when having sexual intimacies with his current wife.
Now the bill states that both prescribing physicians and pharmacists should educate patients on these drugs for ED before use this includes what to expect from the drug and potential side effects. Professional and caring health care providers already do that! The law is not necessary.
This recent bill is one of a list of sexual health bills in Kentucky. I would like someone to explain to me how a wife’s consent for obtaining an ED assisting drug is not a violation of a man’s right to privacy and a HIPAA violation.