Disabled Veterans’ Medication Costs for Viagra on the Rise

Many disabled veterans return from the battlefield suffering health conditions that impair sexual function. Both physical and mental wounds can cause erectile dysfunction (ED) in male veterans, which may be treated prescription medications. Records from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have shown increased expenses for Viagra and Levitra, according to a recent Washington Post article.

Costs for Prescriptions for Sexual Function Treatment on the Rise

The VA’s records reported a $71.7 million expenditure on drugs which included erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Levitra. This was a dramatic increase from the $27.1 million spent in 2006. In fiscal 2012, monthly prescriptions for sexual dysfunction drugs numbered 4.5 million prescriptions, up from only 2.7 million in 2006, according to the Post.

Officials believe the increase in spending is due to the increased number of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these veterans suffer disability from mental health conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression. The article notes a study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine from 2012 that showed that veterans who suffer from PTSD are more likely to suffer from ED.

Jason Hansman, senior program manager of the health and mental-health program at the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America non-profit group says that both conditions are common causes that limit sexual function. “It’s a very good sign that the VA is paying out and not trying to avoid the issue in any way,” says Hansman, “Sexual health is part of the holistic picture of health for veterans.”

Sexual Function is a Factor for Veterans Disability

Erectile dysfunction is a condition that may be considered as part of a veteran’s disability rating if it can be attributed to conditions suffered due to their service in the military.

The VA offers free medication and treatment for these disorders if it is found that the disabilities are caused by events that occurred during service. Even veterans who cannot provide a connection between their sexual function disorders and their military service may obtain ED medications at a lower cost through the VA health care system.

Disabled Veterans’ Rights to Compensation

Disabled veterans who believe their disabilities were caused by exposures, events or injuries during their military service may be eligible to file for veterans’ disability benefits. Sexual function disorders, genitourinary injuries, and other health issues that cause conditions such as ED will need a diagnosis and review by a doctor to determine connection to military service.

The veterans’ disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group in South Florida are here to help veterans who have yet to file a claim for benefits or are in the process of appealing a decision. Contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-855-855-8992.