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Milwaukee teachers fight for Viagra drug coverage

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) -- With hundreds of its members facing layoffs, the Milwaukee teachers union is taking an unusual stand: fighting to get their taxpayer-funded Viagra back.

The Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association has asked a judge to order the district to again include Pfizer Inc.'s erectile dysfunction drug and similar pills in its health insurance plans. The union claims the policy of excluding them discriminates against male employees.

The school board says the drugs were cut out of the plans in 2005 to save money, and there is no discrimination because they are used primarily for recreational sex and not medical treatment.

The dispute comes after the district gave layoff notices to 482 teachers in June, and then recalled 89 of them last month.

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