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Egypt Confiscates Lots of Viagra

August 12, 1998

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Egyptian customs officials confiscated bottles of the impotence drug Viagra worth about $300,000 from an Egyptian-American pharmacist, airport officials said Wednesday.

The officials said a man, whom they did not identify, arrived from Turkey on Tuesday with 721 bottles of Viagra as well as other drugs.

The man claimed he did not know Viagra was banned in Egypt, said the officials, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

Egypt banned Viagra in May, saying it wanted to conduct its own tests on the drug despite its approval in the United States, where it is manufactured.

Health inspectors and police have been raiding pharmacies and confiscating the drug, which has a street value of about $18 per pill. The drug costs $10 per pill in the United States.

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