Report: Medicare Issues $3.1 Million in Wrongful Payouts for Viagra

Medicare has offered taxpayers a bitter pill after spending $3.1 million in wrongful payments for Viagra and other sexual dysfunction drugs that are prohibited from coverage, the New York Post reported.

A government report revealed that Medicare, which is supposed to reject payment for sex drugs, approved payouts in 2007 and 2008 after checking the requests against a faulty list of banned drugs, according to the Health and Human Services inspector general.

The $3.1 million is a drop in the $133 billion bucket for Medicare drug benefits, but the inspector general recommended that the agency fix the error and attempt to recoup the money.