Pfizer vs. Libyan Forces: The Company Defends Viagra

More

Pfizer, we imagine, wasn't too happy about the shout-out its Viagra product got yesterday when International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced, as part of his investigation into whether the Libyan government is authorizing rape as a weapon of war, that he had evidence of Muammar Qaddafi's regime buying containers of "Viagra-type" drugs "to enhance the possibility of rape" (Ocampo has already requested an arrest warrant for Qaddafi on charges of crimes against humanity).

To be sure, a Pfizer spokesperson, borrowing language initially employed in a May 18 press release, mainly expressed concern for the people of Libya, noting that the company is "appalled" by the alleged abuse and "condemns the misuse of any of its medicines," according to Sky News. But one also assumes Pfizer is concerned that the association of systematic rape with its impotency drug could damage the Viagra brand, which accounts for $1.9 billion in sales per year.

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Jump to comments
Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want to Die?

How to avoid working through lunch, and diseases related to social isolation.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down

More in Health

Just In