Vi­a­gra pills cre­ate new scan­dal for S Korea’s Pres­i­dent

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Seoul: It was just what South Korean Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye of South Korea didn’t need: blue jokes about blue pills in the Blue House.

Rev­e­la­tions that the pres­i­dent’s of­fice had bought hun­dreds of doses of Vi­a­gra and equiv­a­lent drugs have touched off a frenzy of wise­cracks, spec­u­la­tion and lurid rumours in South Korea. Ms Park al­ready had a ma­jor cor­rup­tion scan­dal on her hands, with mount­ing calls for her to step down over the ac­tions of a long­time friend. Now, she has to ex­plain why her staff stocked up on drugs com­monly pre­scribed for erec­tile dys­func­tion. Kim Sang-hee, an Op­po­si­tion law­maker, raised the is­sue on Wed­nes­day by cit­ing med­i­cal in­sur­ance data show­ing that the Blue House, as the pres­i­dent’s of­fice is known, had bought 60 Vi­a­gra pills and 304 pills of the generic equiv­a­lent, silde­nafil cit­rate, last De­cem­ber.

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