Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) has followed through on plans laid out by former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) to eliminate erectile dysfunction prescriptions from a list of drugs covered by state employee health plans, where they had been since the beginning of their availability in the late 1990s.
The cutting of erectile dysfunction and non-sedating antihistamines, along with the creation of a a new 90-day maintenance drug network is expected to save Virginia $7 million annually in the state's upcoming two-year budget plan, the Washington Examiner reports.
Though Gov. Kaine had recommended last December that such medications be stricken from a list of state-provided drugs, the General Assembly agreed in March to restore their funding.
According to the Examiner, Virginia's legislature will meet for a single-day session this week to debate and vote on McDonnell's budget proposals.