Blue pills in Blue House: Leader ex­plains Vi­a­gra

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Lit­tle blue pills in South Korea’s pres­i­den­tial Blue House? Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye’s of­fice yes­ter­day con­firmed rev­e­la­tions by an op­po­si­tion law­maker that it pur­chased about 360 erec­tile dys­func­tion Vi­a­gra pills and the generic ver­sion of the drug in De­cem­ber. While the re­port has cre­ated a frenzy on the in­ter­net, Park’s of­fice said the pills were bought to po­ten­tially treat al­ti­tude sick­ness for pres­i­den­tial aides and em­ploy­ees on Park’s May trips to Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, whose cap­i­tals are 1 to 2 kilo­me­ters above sea level. The pills weren’t used, said Jung Youn-kuk, a Blue House spokesman. South Korean doc­tors some­times pre­scribe Vi­a­gra-style drugs to climbers be­cause they are be­lieved to be ef­fec­tive in pre­vent­ing al­ti­tude sick­ness. The pres­i­den­tial of­fice also pur­chased a variety of in­jec­tion drugs used for fa­tigue and anti-ag­ing treat­ment, ac­cord­ing to the of­fice of law­maker Kim Sanghee. Park’s spokesman ex­plained that the pres­i­den­tial of­fice pur­chases drugs for the pres­i­dent’s en­tire staff in­clud­ing se­cu­rity of­fi­cers. The Vi­a­gra rev­e­la­tion is the lat­est twist in a mas­sive po­lit­i­cal scan­dal build­ing around Park.

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