Summary: The Protect Men Act ensures that men who seek medication for erectile dysfunction must wait to think about the risks and document a legitimate moral need.
[Bill drafting note: This model is based on Kentucky HB 396 (2016).]
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE
This Act shall be called the “Protect Men Act.”
SECTION 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE
(A) FINDINGS—The legislature finds that:
1) Erectile dysfunction treatments include Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Avanafil.
2) Other medications for treatment of erectile dysfunction include self injections, urethral suppository, and testosterone replacement.
3) Alternative treatments for erectile dysfunction include penis pumps, penile implants, blood vessel surgery, and psychological counseling.
4) Complications resulting from erectile dysfunction can include an unsatisfactory sex life, stress or anxiety, embarrassment or low self-esteem, relationship problems, and the inability to get your partner pregnant.
5) Risk factors that contribute to erectile dysfunction include medical conditions such as diabetes or heart conditions, tobacco use, being overweight, certain medical treatments, medications, psychological conditions, drug and alcohol use, and prolonged bicycling.
6) Erectile dysfunction treatments can cause serious side effects such as priapism, an erection that will not go away and lasts more than four hours, sudden vision loss in one or both eyes, and sudden hearing decrease or hearing loss.
7) The most common side effects of erectile dysfunction treatments are headaches, flushing, upset stomach, abnormal vision, stuffy or runny nose, back pain, muscle pain, nausea, dizziness, and rash.
8) Erectile dysfunction treatments may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect the way erectile dysfunction treatments work, which could cause side effects.
(B) PURPOSE: This law is enacted to protect men by informing those seeking medication for erectile dysfunction of the risks, possible side effects, and ramifications.
SECTION 3. PROTECT MEN FROM THEIR OWN BAD OR IMMORAL DECISIONS
After section XXX, the following new section XXX shall be inserted:
A health care practitioner shall:
1) Require a man to have two (2) office visits on two (2) different calendar days before the health care practitioner prescribes for him a drug for erectile dysfunction;
2) Prescribe a drug for erectile dysfunction only to a man who is currently married;
3) Require a man to produce a signed and dated letter from the man’s current spouse providing consent for a prescription for erectile dysfunction; and
4) Require a man to make a sworn statement with his hand on a Bible that he will only use a prescription for erectile dysfunction treatment when having sexual relations with his current spouse.
SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE
This Act shall take effect on XXXX 1, 2016.