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Bob McDonnell, Virginia Governor, Cuts Viagra, Erectile Dysfunction Drugs From State Employee Health Plans

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.