The US Department of Defense (DoD) spent $504,816 on Viagra in 2014

According to citations from Washington Free Beacon the United States Dept. of Defense (DoD) spent over half a million dollars on Viagra and a few more thousands on Cialis and Levitra.

Where did the money go? Cardinal Health Inc.

Sixty contracts for Viagra were signed over to the Ohio pharmaceutical company Cardinal Health Inc. In 2013, there was $425,000 spent on Viagra to supply the troops. In 2012 the figure was only $8,000.

Why give the troops Viagra?

The Pentagon also ordered $3,505 worth of Levitra and $14,540 of Cialis that is an expense labeled as “troop support.”

Viagra, which is covered by TRICARE (the military’s health insurance policy), was first supplied to troops in 1998. The Viagra drug became an instant hit for Pfizer when it was authorized for sale in the US a year prior.

What are the side effects of Viagra?

Attorneys around the United States are taking cases against Pfizer. Studies have shown that Viagra can increase the risks associated with melanoma by almost double. See the following link:
Men who took Viagra were 84% more likely to develop melanoma skin cancer.

There are other risks associated with Vigra use.

Watch this video to see some of the more horrifying realities associated with using Viagra.

How much does it cost to keep our troops up?

In 1998 Viagra cost between $8 and $10 each little blue pill. Today the non-generic pills sell for $25 or more. The US military’s policy limits soldiers use to only those that have been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction by a doctor. There are also limits on the amount of Viagra that soldiers are allowed to have each month.

Dept. of Defense Contracts with Cardinal Health, Inc.

On October 14, 1999, the DOD released the following information:

Cardinal Health, Inc., Dublin, Ohio, is being awarded an $108,311,500 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for National Pharmaceutical Wholesaler. Work will be performed in Allentown, Pa.; Valencia, Calif.; and Waco, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 13, 2000. Funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SP0200-97-D-7077).

On August 18, 2010:

Cardinal Health 200, Inc., McGaw Park, Ill. is being awarded a maximum $136,282,656 firm-fixed-price, sole-source, prime vendor, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for medical surgical supplies and services. Other locations of performance include Minnesota, Nebraska, Arizona, Missouri, California, Washington, Colorado, Kansas, Utah and Alaska. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, federal civilian agencies and other non-DoD agencies. There was originally one proposal solicited with one response. The date of performance completion is April 19, 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM200-05-D-7005).

Cardinal Health 200, Inc., McGaw Park, Ill., is being awarded a maximum $70,289,794 firm-fixed-price, sole-source, prime vendor, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for medical surgical supplies and services. Other locations of performance include Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, federal civilian agencies and other non-DoD agencies. There was originally one proposal solicited with one response. The date of performance completion is April 19, 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM200-05-D-7003).

On September 27, 2012: Over 1 billion dollars!

Cardinal Health, Inc., Dublin, Ohio, was issued a modification exercising the third option year on contract SPM200-05-D-3000/P00171. The modification is a firm fixed price, prime vendor contract for a maximum $1,260,967,153 to meet pharmaceutical requirements for TRICARE West Region. Other locations of performance are Mo., Calif. Utah, Ariz., Colo., and Washington. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. There were five responses to the FedBizOPps solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is March 31, 2015. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

On November 13, 2013

Cardinal Health 200 Inc., McGaw Park, Ill., has been awarded a maximum $1,019,313,488 modification (P00036) exercising the first 20-month option period on a 20-month base contract (SPM2DV-11-D-0001) with two 20-month option periods for prime vendor medical and surgical supplies. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Louisiana, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Washington, Arkansas, and Texas with an Aug. 15, 2015, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

There are many more too! You can do your own research here:

http://search.defense.gov/search?affiliate=DEFENSE_gov&query=Cardinal+Health&x=0&y=0

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