Furious pharmacists strike a blow below the belt with threat to stop Viagra supplies

Dunno of you know the Lysistrata story.

The play by a Greek bloke called Aristophanes, originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, is a comic account of Lysistrata’s mission to end The Peloponnesian War.

She persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace.

Eva Braun could have done the world a big favour if she had similarly threatened Hitler with a denial of hanky-panky, although Hitler looked like the sort of bloke who would not find the denial of hanky-panky a hardship.

But it will be interesting to see how elderly Italian blokes react to a threat to their horizontal recreation.

Alf has been musing on whether a similar threat could be applied in this country.

In Italy, disgruntled pharmacists are battling their government’s plans for economic reform.

Or, rather, they are battling one bit of the plan, and the Daily Mail reports,

… they’re not afraid to hit the country where it hurts.

A threatened ‘Viagra strike’ would see Italy’s supply of little blue pills cut off as state-employed hospital pharmacists fight for equal footing with the private sector.

Premier Mario Monti’s economic liberalisation scheme includes the opening of 5,000 new pharmacies.

Private pharmacists would be given preference for licences under his plan.

Hospital pharmacists, part of Italy’s public health care system, say the plan therefore is unfair.

They are keeping the Viagra strike as a last resort in case demands for an amendment to Monti’s reforms are not met.

Yesterday saw them hold a protest outside the parliament, with one faction waving a banner that read: ‘No Viagra, No Party’.

Union official Loredana Vasselli said pharmacists decided to focus the protest on Viagra because it is a sought-after drug whose absence “does not put patients’ health at risk.”

It’s a shame we can’t have similarly thoughtful and considerate medial union leaders in this country.

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