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Two seriously ill children have been administered Viagra in Iasi hospital

Hospital doctors say there is nothing wrong with it, as the medicine was made to treat heart and pulmonary conditions in the first place. The National Agency for Medicines however holds that Viagra should not be given to children
Two children, age 10 and 16, admitted to the Holy Mary Hospital in Iasi with pulmonary hypertension and cardiac malformations were treated with Viagra, a medicine mainly used for sexual dysfunctions. Hospital doctors say the treatment was a “solution of last resort” being  administered but for a short period of time and showed results.  “The Viagra pills have been made to treat pulmonary hypertension originally. The potency or prolonged penile erection are side effects.  We use this medicine for children with serious conditions, such as  extremely serious cardiac conditions, with complications  and where any other treatment failed to yield results. The treatment is made for ten days, a maximum of two weeks,” rtv.net quoted the hospital’s spokesperson as saying, who won’t disclose what amount of Viagra is in the hospital’s inventory. “Given such procurement has been made, it is clear this medicine is necessary,” the spokesperson said.
Vasile Astarastoae, president of the Romanian College of Physicians, said that the medicine had originally been created to treat cardiac conditions and the doctors who administered it “know what they are doing”. He also said the case calls for no investigation. The national Agency for Medicines (ANM) however holds that Viagra should not be given to children, as a special pulmonary hypertension medicine could be used in such pediatric cases instead . “Erectile dysfunction is Viagra’s sole treatment indication and the product is not advisable to  children under 18. In Romania, there is a pulmonary hypertension medicine – Revatio – available, which is used for the children’s condition too,” Mediafax quoted  a ANM press released as saying.

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