Friday, May 27, 2005

Side Effects

From CNN:

Federal health officials are examining rare reports of blindness among some men using the impotence drugs Viagra and Cialis, a disclosure that comes at a time when the drug industry can ill afford negative publicity about another class of blockbuster medicines.

The Food and Drug Administration still is investigating, but has no evidence yet that the drug is to blame, said spokeswoman Susan Cruzan.

This type of blindness is called NAION, or non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. It can occur in men who are diabetic or have heart disease, the same conditions that can cause impotence and thus lead to Viagra use.

Well, I think I’d rather go blind the old-fashioned way…but then, some folks need Viagra to do that, too.

When I first heard this story on the radio, I thought they were talking about someone getting their eye poked out, but I guess I was wrong.