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Press Release: Senator Turner Testifies on Men's Health Bill

Press Release: Senator Turner Testifies on Men's Health Bill

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Published by Senator Nina Turner
Legislation would guide men to make more informed decisions about their bodies.
Legislation would guide men to make more informed decisions about their bodies.

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Published by: Senator Nina Turner on Dec 06, 2012
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***Press Release*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2012

Contact: Matthew Adair (614) 466-4583

Senator Turner Testifies on Bill to Protect Men’s Health
Legislation would guide men to make more informed decisions
(Columbus) –State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) offered sponsor testimony yesterday on legislation that would protect men in Ohio from the potential risks of PDE-5 inhibitors, drugs commonly used to treat symptoms of impotence. “The men in our lives, including members of the General Assembly, generously devote time to fundamental female reproductive issues—the least we can do is return the favor,” Senator Turner said in her testimony. “It is crucial that we take the appropriate steps to shelter vulnerable men from the potential side effects of these drugs.” Turner’s bill includes provisions to ensure that symptoms are not psychological in nature, and would equip men with information to make better choices for their bodies. Physicians would be required to obtain a second opinion from a psychological professional to verify that a patient has a true medical malady before the medication could be prescribed. The legislation follows many recommendations made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “When a man makes a crucial decision about his health and his body, he should be fully aware of the alternative options and the lifetime repercussions of that decision,” Senator Turner said yesterday. “Men need this guidance so they can better understand and more effectively address their condition.” PDE-5 inhibitors can potentially carry serious side effects such as priapism, hearing loss, and vision loss, and can be detrimental to men with heart problems. “By implementing more intensive screenings before prescribing the medication and requiring outpatient educational services, we can do more to prevent the potential side effects linked to PDE-5 inhibitors,” Senator Turner explained. “We must advocate for the traditional family, protect the sanctity of procreation, and ensure that all men using PDE-5 inhibitors are healthy, stable, and educated about their options—including celibacy as a viable life choice. This legislation will do just that.” ###

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