From the Associated Press
December 12, 1998, New York
(No author named)
Senator Bob Dole
A good friend to urology, Senator Bob Dole (Kansas, R) is going public---very public---in an attempt to raise awareness of male erectile dysfunction. The Associated Press has reported that Dole as been hired by Pfizer, Inc., the maker of Viagra, to participate in television ads, speaking engagements, and infomercials regarding men's health in general and impotency, in particular.
The ex-senator, who himself underwent cure of prostate cancer by radical retropubic prostatectomy in 1991, personally addressed the annual meeting of the American Urological Association following his treatment, and he has been a major advocate of increased funding for prostate cancer research.
Dole, now 75, participated in the Viagra clinical trials and called it "...a great drug." In referring to his new role as spokesman for men's health, he said, "I am convinced this campaign can help men pay attention to health problems they might otherwise be afraid to discuss." The ads are expected to start appearing in early 1999.
The first independent, peer-reviewed study of Viagra will be published in the January, 1999 issue of Urology, and the study is currently available online (full text and graphics) at http://www-east.elsevier.com/url/.