HomeНовости и политикаRelated VideosMore From: AP Archive

TAIWAN: VIAGRA ENTERS PHARMACEUTICAL MARKET

2 ratings | 363 views
Mandarin/Nat A hundred thousand tablets of the impotence drug Viagra have finally entered Taiwan's pharmaceutical market and legislators are worried that Taiwan women would become sex tools as a result. The Pfizer-manufactured potent drugs were flown into Taiwan on Tuesday and hospitals across the island were advised by the Health Department that all Viagra distributed to hospitals must be locked up in the director's safe box. Black market Viagra can be bought for U-S 65 dollars per tablet, but is now available through a doctor's prescription. However, Health Department officials warned hospitals that if the imported Viagra was not locked up, the drug could be stolen. Meanwhile various women's right groups have expressed that with the open availability of the drug, Taiwan women's status in a male dominated society would be more degraded than ever. Doctors and urologists say Taiwan men in general don't need Viagra and only purchase them out of curiosity. SOUNDBITE : (Mandarin) "About 52 per cent of the Taiwan men are impotent but not too seriously. The men that really have impotency problems lie around 20 per cent. But in Taiwan, only one out of ten men need Viagra." SUPERCAPTION : Dr Jiang Han-Sen, urologist at Department of Genitourinary Medicine at Taipei Medical Hospital The drug, first released in the U-S in March 1998, is legally available in more than 50 countries worldwide. Many people consider it the beginning of a new revolution in pharmaceuticals. Taiwan papers have reported that last year's Taiwan election saw a candidate giving away free Viagra pills in a bid to win favour with the public. The Legislative Council saw lawmakers expressing agony over the fad of Viagra in Taiwan. One lawmaker said the last thing Taiwan needs is Viagra. He even mocked that Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs needed Viagra rather than the general public. SOUNDBITE : (Mandarin) "We have shaky relationship with Vatican and Panama. I wish to present this gigantic Viagra which is made of 1000 tablets to our Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that they can come up with the energy to vitalize our international relationship and not let Beijing beat us down." SUPERCAPTION : Lin Cheng-Tze, lawmaker (KMT party) Women lawmakers are worried that the local media have been carrying reports of Viagra to excess. SOUNDBITE : (Mandarin) "It seems like all Taiwan men have become potent! And all they do is talk about Viagra. Without Viagra, they can't live. This is ridiculous. We can't let this Viagra craze continue! SUPERCAPTION : Chen Tsai Mei-Jo, lawmaker (KMT Party) Another female lawmaker says she is worried Taiwan women may be portrayed as a sex tools. SOUNDBITE : (Mandarin) "Taiwanese women aren't portrayed as a loved one. Instead, they are being portrayed as a sex tool. Because of this, women in general have been disgraced." SUPERCAPTION : Chen Shau-Ping, lawmaker (KMT Party) Other lawmakers who opposed the women's comments told newspaper reporters that Viagra is one of the greatest inventions of this century. Others believe that the use of Viagra will stop the increase in sexual assault in the country. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/ef45efe2861e1e0c6e56a852723c9733 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
Html code for embedding videos on your blog
Text Comments (0)

Would you like to comment?

Join YouTube for a free account, or sign in if you are already a member.