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Jordan Approves Use of Viagra

December 24, 1998

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Jordan has approved the sale of the impotence drug Viagra as two unions of pharmacists and doctors are calling for a boycott of other U.S. and British drugs to protest airstrikes on Iraq.

Viagra should be available within eight weeks after the Health Ministry receives further information from manufacturer Pfizer Inc. about side effects, a ministry official said Thursday.

After initial hesitation, three other Arab countries _ Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab _ approved the sale of Viagra this year.

On Wednesday, the Jordanian Pharmacists Association and the Jordan Medical Association called for a boycott of pharmaceutical products from the United States and Britain.

The boycott is not legally binding and exempts those drugs for which no substitute is available. Because Viagra is unique, it would be exempt from the boycott, said Abdul Rahim Issa, chairman of the Jordanian Pharmacists Association.

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