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article imageDiscovery of Viagra pills makes it harder on S. Korean president

By Karen Graham     Nov 23, 2016 in World
Seoul - The office of South Korean President Park Geun-hye admitted on Wednesday they had purchased several hundred Viagra pills earlier this year while preparing for a trip to Africa, not for erectile dysfunction, but to treat possible altitude sickness.
The BBC is reporting that while authorities were investigating corruption allegations against President Park, they found 364 Viagra pills in her office.
According to Park's spokesperson, Jung Youn-kuk, both the Viagra and a generic version of the pills were bought in December 2015 as a treatment for possible altitude sickness in presidential aides and employees while on Park's May 2016 trip to Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, whose capitals are thousands of meters above sea level.
The Guardian says that South Korean doctors sometimes prescribe Viagra-type drugs to mountain-climbers because they are believed to be effective in combating altitude sickness. Needless to say, Park's entourage never used the Viagra pills says the spokesman.
The discovery of the E.D. pills caused quite a stir. Reuters is reporting that Viagra became the most searched keyword on South Korea's online news portals, especially after the news was initially reported by an opposition Democratic Party member of parliament.
President Park is facing a possible impeachment effort after it was revealed she allegedly allowed a friend to influence government decisions, as well as pressured companies to give money to foundations supporting her policies. So any news at all about the president is hot news in the country.
Just last week, a TV soap opera starlet was the most talked-about celebrity in South Korea after it was learned President Park had used her name as a pseudonym at a beauty and detox center. Democratic Party MP, Kim Sang-hee. says Park's office also bought injections that are widely used in anti-aging treatments.
Ah well, the Presidential office says the injections were intended for the health of the office's employees and recommended by a physician.
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