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Viagra At The Ministry Of Defence: What Is It Used For?

21/01/2014 13:09 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 21:01 GMT
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Undated file photo of the sign outside the Ministry of Defence in London. The MoD has been named most improved employer of the year in an annual list of the most gay-friendly organisations in the UK.

Viagra worth £6,000 has been stolen from the Ministry of Defence, we learned on Tuesday morning.

The revelation, prompted by a Parliamentary question, has led to plenty of wisecracks about hardened criminals and forces standing for attention.

But why was it there in the first place?

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The MoD said Sildenafil (Viagra) was used by the Forces as an altitude sickness remedy.

It sent HuffPost UK an explanation, saying the drug relieved the symptoms of high-altitude pulmonary oedema.

Bit of an anti-climax.