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May 7th, 2009
09:23 AM ET

Erectile dysfunction ads too hot for TV?

Rep. Jim Moran wants to limit the time of day ads for erectile dysfunction medicine can air on TV.
Rep. Jim Moran wants to limit the time of day ads for erectile dysfunction medicine can air on TV.

From CNN's Bob Ruff

You’ve all seen them. Those ubiquitous TV ads where a simple little pill transforms a man suffering from erectile dysfunction, or ED, into a virile tiger who puts a smile on the face of his now beaming wife.

Well, Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) has seen them too, and you’d be hard pressed to see a smile on his face when he talks about the ads.
“A number of people,” he says, “have come up, including colleagues, and said I’m fed up. I don’t want my three or four-year old grandkid asking me what erectile dysfunction is all about. And I don’t blame them.”

Enter H.R. 2175. That’s a bill that Rep. Moran introduced last month that would prohibit any ED ads from airing on broadcast radio and TV between 6AM and 10PM. The bill advises the Federal Communications Commission to treat these ads as “indecent” and instruct stations to restrict their broadcast to late night and overnight hours.

So, could it be adios to all of those “Viva Viagra” commercials that play on network television on weekends and during the evening? Could the same be said for the Cialis couple sitting in outdoor tubs looking out at the sunset? And could Levitra also be shunned to the overnight hours?

CNN asked Pfzier, which makes Viagra, the first pill available by prescription to treat ED, what they thought of Rep. Moran’s bill.

"Pfizer is committed to responsible advertising... In line with our policies and the policies of the industry, Viagra advertising is aired in shows most likely to reach men suffering from erectile dysfunction. ED can be a signal for other serious medical issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease."

We asked several people on the streets of Atlanta for their opinions.

Nikia Clark, a mother of a 2-year-old, thinks "it’s a great idea.” She’s concerned that as her child gets older, she doesn’t want him “seeing those kinds of commercials... on regular network shows.”

Janice Habersham agrees. She says while the “ads are tastefully done” they shouldn’t be aired at “the time when children are watching TV.”

On the other hand, Bruce Jackson says ED ads “should be run 24 hours a day.” And Louis Tesser says banning the ads “is clearly unconstitutional... it’s a viewpoint. It’s something that people are interested in, and you can’t change that.”

Rep. Moran does have some perspective on the issue. “While it’s not as important as the economy, or what’s happening militarily around the world, it is an intrusion into the quality of life that we like to experience.” He says that his bill is “a shot across the bow” of the drug companies. “You know enough is enough. This is inappropriate.”


Filed under: Controversy
soundoff (501 Responses)
  1. kenster

    All drug ads are wrong for TV. If someone has a medical condition you should go to the Doctor and take his/her advice and whatever medications may be required. Putting drug ads on TV that suggest the solution is a "happy pill" regardless of the ailment, while telling our children other drugs are bad/illegal, is an inconsistent message which only leads to genuine confusion for our chidren. Teaching kids the legtimate role some drugs for some medical conditions should only happen in the doctors office.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  2. Ecd

    I agree with a lot of other comments, can we get rid of tampax and all those other 'feminine' commercials? Same with birth control pills. It's awkward enough watching them with other people, nevermind with kids in the room who continuously ask "what's X? why do people need it?" Honestly, I agree they should be limited but, I think the whole thing is a slippery slope towards banning everything.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  3. Pete

    This is the first time I think I have ever agreed with Rep. Moran. Now, Rep. Moran, let's address the other, more important and more widespread issue deteriorating our quality of life...ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  4. kyle

    Just becuase you have ED and get embarrassed each time you see an ad. what a stupid law and a waste of time why don't you make laws that help society and not your ego.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  5. Verna

    I think its aweful to have those commercials on tv! I couldnt understand what took them so long to get legislation on this!! How do you explain those ads to a young child! And you all complain about Janet Jackson commerical! Give me a break already! Get it off the air, I dont want to be paying for this crap on Cable TV! And while you are at it, get all the reality shows of the air as well!!! I am sick of paying for this crap and my cable bill keeps going up!!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  6. inmac3

    Don't forget to ben that even more horrible ad for "Extenz" which all they talk about is 'getting larger" and "preforming better". We need to stop showing our children commercials of products that reach all people of all ages without depicting half naked women, sexual comments, alcohol and many more ads that use "sex" within their advertisement. There is much more to life than booze and sex!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  7. george

    Let's replace them with Republican disfunction adds.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  8. Rocky

    All ads for prescription drugs aimed directly at consumers or patients should be banned as violative of medical – pharma ethics.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  9. Laura Southard

    I agree that these ads should not be on TV and should be banned. We have lost our privacy because so many things are blantantly advertised for everyone to hear and see, i.e. vaginal cream, laxatives, etc. If people need them they will find them on their own.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  10. Jason

    Wow, this is important legislation. Possibly one of the most important issues facing our nation right now...

    Can we talk about flag burning too?

    morons...

    May 7, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  11. EV

    How about banning ALL drug ads? Prescription drugs can only be provided by a doctor. Patients shouldn't be asking their doctors about drugs because they saw them on TV.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  12. Mike

    The reason for the ban should be creation and playing of the song "Viva Viagra"

    May 7, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  13. Bryan

    We should go back to restricting all ads for prescription drugs. These are things that do not need to be marketed to the general public.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  14. Gary

    I don't have a problem with ED ads appearing after 11pm.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  15. slj

    If you take the ED ads off the air because they are offensive then go after the Depression Ads also – ABILIFY (r u kidding with those side effects??) they are all producing a generation of 'Have a problem-Take a Pill' attitudes that make us all believe that for every afliction however real or made-up that we can just get a prescription and it will all be okay. I understand the pharmaceutical companies need to make money too, but they should be sticking to their bribing and giving kick-backs to the doctors out there, as that seems to be working. God Forbid we actually seek a CAUSE to all of our maladies, illnesses, afflictions.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  16. Richard

    I think a TV woody is the least of our problems in America and the long standing ideals of the old generation of hiding the facts associated with sex has proven to be a social nightmare with teen pregnancies and STD's...
    Hiding the facts does not cure the problems...
    Tone them to a medical informational blip and not so suggestive is not a bad idea though... I think adults know what it's about....
    Let's work on national health care so those who even need the drugs can get them, Senator.....

    May 7, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  17. Chris

    Thank goodness someone is finally as fed up as I am. I have two teenage boys (14 & 15) and I find it very difficult to get the message across about not having sex when the media bombards them with ads to have sex. Thank you Rep Jim Moran!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  18. Denise King

    I agree, I have young kids that has seen this commercial, and it is on all the time. The guestion is , What does that mean Mom? That is why they have Docters, and plastic surgeons. Our children do not need to see this kind of commercial during a Sunday night Movie.
    Or any time.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  19. Mikey

    The sooner the better. This is stuff between a doctor and patient.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  20. CJ Cherryh

    Gee, and can we ban all ads for 'feminine products' to a late hour, too?

    Especially, thank you, not during the dinner hour?

    May 7, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  21. Suzie F.

    I agree that these commercials need to be, at the very least, not shown before 11 p.m. I am going to e-mail my reps and let them know that I am in support of this idea.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  22. Mary Roberts

    This is an issue that is between a male and his DR. Has anyone thought about the woman's feelings towards this. Maybe she is glad he"can't get it up". Keep it personal. And that goes for a lot of the female commericals.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  23. Craig

    Let's ban advertisements for all prescription drugs while we're at it. We've allowed the drug companies to turn America into a collective of junkies.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  24. Jack

    Don't stop with just the ED adds. Limit or ban the adds for feminine hygiene products, and for that matter all medical related products from high cholesterol meds to anything that involves the human body. This way I don't have to explain to a youngster what this is for or what that is for. Its not a topic for family conversation or other polite society. Instead, add more commercials depicting vilolence – apparently that is healthier and more natural for children to see on TV. (Don't blame me if you missed the sarcasm)

    May 7, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  25. Judith

    I'm a Pfizer employee and feel that the ads are done as responsibly as possible. Just like the ads with teenagers and their moms promoting the cervical cancer vaccine. Let's face it the only way you get papilloma virus is through sexual intercourse. Are they saying it's ok for teens to have sex?? Seems that way to me. Or how about the new KY jelly ads where the couple are laying in bed talking about enhancing their pleasure and the wife is beaming. Come on just leave it alone. I think Pfizer is very reponsible in their advertising, more so then the other examples I've mentioned

    May 7, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  26. karen

    Add "personal lubricants" to the list too.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  27. Bill, Bloominton IL

    I agree. Hard liquor ads as well as cigarette ads have been banned and the constitutionality of this idea was not questioned. This is not a ban anyway. Moran just wants them run after 10pm.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  28. Kathy

    I am also sick of listening to these gross ads. Janet Jackson showed a breast on a superbowl and everyone was sooo shocked. Well, where is the shock on men talking about erections on breaks from prime time tv programs. How many parents are asked, Mommy, what is an erection?

    May 7, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  29. Tom

    An ED add watching 'Princess Bride' last night. Thats ridiculous. I have no problem with banning them during certain times.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  30. Myth Buster

    And there goes the first amendment. The Constitution guarantees the freedom of speech, not the freedom from being offended.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  31. sara

    First time I've agreed with Moran on anything.....frankly, when the commercial spends as much time talking about the side effects of a RX drug, it's time to pull the advertising and leave it to doctors to prescribe.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  32. jody

    Then we should also ban Tampon, memopause and other female reproductive system commericials.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  33. Kim May

    What I'm tired of is... "have a happy period..Always" ads...

    This proposal is not about banning these ads. All they want to do is put them on at a more appropriate time.

    I think all personal content ads should be on the air after 10.

    This used to be common sense. Kim in Canada

    May 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  34. Scott - Boston

    So are they saying that the commercial is airing durning commercial breaks on Sesame Street? Or Days of Our Lives? Because if the kids are seeing the commercials during Days of our Lives, maybe mommy go take some parenting classes.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  35. Shadysider

    These ads are nothing more than SPAM on our televisions. I want a spam-filter on my TV for these ads.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  36. J

    I think it'd be a good idea to limit it to late night hours. Where will the line be drawn though? What about the new emerging KY commercials? Banning cigarette ads was easy – black and white. This theme of commercial though has a lot of gray areas it could lead to.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  37. TOM

    WHAT ABOUT ALL THE WHEAST INFECTION ADS AND ALL THE TAMPON COMMERCIALS WHY ARENT WE TARGETING THEM TOO I THINK THERE JUST AS BAD IF NOT WORSE THAN AN E.D ADTHIS GUY IS A JOKE IF A COMMERCIAL COMES ON THAT YOU DONT WANT TO SEE CHANGE THE CHANNEL

    May 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  38. Mary

    I am glad to see someone finally has enough guts to say enough is enough and try to put a stop to these obnoxious ads. They are the most disgusting things on TV. It is really a shame what has happened to television today and then the government wants to know why there is so much teenage pregancies and delinquency today. All you have to do is turn on TV and there is your answer.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  39. Susan

    I so agree that these ads should NOT be on TV. I'm extremely happy that someone is taking this on. I don't have children, but I, myself, do not want to see them. And worse are the ads now all over the airwaves for the various products to make a man bigger, or to increase a woman's pleasure. I flip the channel.

    So hopefully these other products will also be included should these ads be banned or kept to just very late night.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  40. ezro11

    DO THE SAME FOLKS WHO OBJECT TO ED ADS EITHER WATCH OR ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN TO WATCH SHOWS LKE CSI LAS VEGAS, MIAMI AND/OR NEW YORK OR CRIMINAL MINDS WHERE THERE ARE FREQUENT DISCUSSIONS OF THINGS AND ISSUES MUCH HARDER TO EXPLAIN THAN ED?

    May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  41. Fed up!

    Oh YES!, Ban the Erectile Dysfunction Commercials. But while you are at it, you had better ban most Victoria Secret Commercials AND TAMPON commercials( to name a few). You hyprocritical one sided jerks!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  42. sandra

    AMEN!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  43. Bill

    Oh, please...this sort of thinking is going to end up having us all watching 24/7 Disney TV instead of real-world television. The ads are tastefully done, and there's nothing indecent about ED. Parents need to learn to deal with it. This guy needs to sit down and go find something useful to do.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  44. Brian

    Instead of censoring ads like that perhaps we could spend a couple of billion dollars to teach parents how to discuss topics such as this in a rational manner. Like perhaps... "this is a problem some men get when they get older that is a pretty private issue."

    Perhaps Representative Morna might consider spending more time on other somewhat more important issues. Like maybe, Iraq, Afghanistan, the economy, fixing the healthcare system to name just a few.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  45. Christina, Charleston, SC

    Will they try to ban "birth control" commercials next?

    May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  46. Ben Franklin

    REALLY??? With ALL the problems we are facing THIS is what representatives are wasting their time on? It kind of makes me want to move to Virginia to run against this knuckle head. Truly it is the fall of Rome.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  47. Brian

    Another politician trying to impose his world view on the rest of us. Abortion/antiabortion, gay marriage/no gay marriage, ban guns/or not, day of prayer/or not, the list seems endless; I wish they would give it up and get on with the real business of government.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  48. kay

    I agree with the ban. These ads and many other TV shows with provocative language or subject matter should not be shown before 9pm. What ever happened to prime family time on TV and the concept of all the news that is fit to print or discuss – particularly during this time frame.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  49. C. D. Miller

    I really don't understand the problem here. There is no profanity or vulgarity, they're selling a non smutty product that does greatly improve quality of life for a married couple. Which is what they are displaying in the ads, with some humor added in.

    If we ban this, what's next? Babies because we don't want to feel awkward answering where babies come from?

    Erectile dysfuction is a medical condition that people shouldn't feel embarassed about. Mr. Representative, I think our tax payer money (aka your time and effort) could be better spent getting our kids out of Iraq and fixing the economy.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  50. Dee

    Are they so fired up about stopping these adds just because they are embarrasing for men? Women have delt with embarrasing commercials since the first bra was advertised on a manequin on televsion. Women deal with tampon, femanine pad, weight loss, premenstral syndrome, birth control adds on television. If one gets banned all others should be too. Do you think women like explaining to their children what a period is and why it makes up moody? Do you think children should be exposed to morning after pill advertisements? I find it amusing that women have put up with this for years and the first male one comes along and an impression is made.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  51. Allen

    I am not oppsed to this. I don't feel I should have to watch these commercials in the middle of an MLB game with my six year-old son. And I still don't understand the bathtub imagery. I hope this includes the Extenze and Enzyte products. I don't want them banned. I would support standards for placement.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  52. Nancy Renaud

    Stupid, stupid, stupid. The male ego at its' worst. I too, am sick of those freaking ads. Is sex all this stupid male mentality can think about? How about homelessness, rape, wedlock, STD's, and everything else that goes along with oversexed ego's. And while you're at it, get the hell out of the bedroom for us women too!! We can make our own decisions regarding OUR bodies and don't need your stupid medling.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  53. angry taxpayer

    agree, same with fem products & Diarrhea–now raise your own damned kid–turn off the TV and go LOWER taxes, Representative MORON and do the people's business –you are an elected official–this is not it...

    May 7, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  54. Pisces

    I get creeped out by those commercials. They're gross. Also the condom ones where they talk about things like "toe-curling excitement". EW!!! It makes me want to be celibate till the end of time!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  55. Twyla Miller

    I agree 100%!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  56. P

    I completely agree this law should be put in place.

    How can the Supreme Court be wasting their time and our dollars on whether a 1 second blip ofJanet jackson's breast is "indecent" when your sitting with your child and a voice come on the television telling you what to do if you have an erection for more than 4 hours?

    This is a no brainer and this law should have been instituted a long time ago, but of course, pharma has their way. This is not free speech, it is a protection of our youth from indecency.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  57. Susan Gibbons

    3-4 year old kids? How about being a middle-aged woman sitting with her 90-year-old dad watching some evening television. Turns my face red. Neither he nor my husband are in the market. Save it for the adult magazines.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  58. Victory Gin

    Really...I mean REALLY? First some nimrod in Ohio wants to ban teens from tanning salons (what next, no kids at the beach??), now this moron wants to shelter the world from Viagra...
    Next will be Birth Control ads, then anything to do with the human body.
    Mind you, I think big drug companies are almost as bad as the world of finance in terms of their greed, but how is a Cialis commercial indecent???
    The gov't needs to but out of what I watch, what I eat, how I look and how I entertain myself. If I'm not hurting anyone else, then LEAVE ME ALONE. I am registered, socially liberal dem, but I do not believe it is my job to tell anyone else how they should be living. Fiscally, I think both parties are off their rockers.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  59. LCP

    This is completely unnecessary. Just because some pea-brained parents can't provide supervision and explain things about life doesn't mean censorship is a the answer, thinking twice censorship is never the answer. It has never worked before and all it does is hurt the economy, something nobody can spare not even now.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  60. Ric in PA.

    AMEN! and while you're at it, ban all the other pharm ads for everything I'm supposed to "ask my doctor" about. Also feminine hygiene products, condoms and toilet paper! We're sick of all this crap on TV.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  61. Dave Albee

    Just another perfect example of how out of touch congress is with the American people and their priorities.

    Lets not focus our efforts on: economic issues, health care, high-seas piracy, poverty, hunger, terrorism, etc. We should worry about how three and four year olds react to ED advertisements. Rep. Moran needs to re-think his priorities and get down to the business that really matters.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  62. Jim

    Thankfully, this country may just have morals after all!!!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  63. Margaret

    I agree, we dont't need ads about erectile dysfunction. Tere are always children around when these stupid ads come on. Childrens minds are raped every day over some idiodic ad . You have a problem in this area go to your family doctor. That's what they're there for.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  64. Jes

    ED ads? big deal. You know the ads that *I* would like to see banned? All of the ads targeting women and telling us that we have smelly armpits, and offensive...well, south of the armpits, if you know what I mean. They are endless. You don't grow up watching those ads, as a woman, and not feel something is wrong with you for just having the body parts all women have. It's tyrannical and a much bigger issue than ED ads.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  65. Maureen

    But it's okay for 2 years olds to see ads for every other drug on the market and ads for feminine hygiene products. What a double standard! I would hope that our elected officials have much better things to worry about than ads for erectile dysfunction drugs, which, despite the subject matter, are tastefully done. If they are going to tackle advertising in general, that's one thing. But to single out this advertising as harmful for children is absolutely ridiculous and a waste of time.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  66. patricia

    i think they should be banned in complete.and never be shown on tv.i cant believe that people thinks that works anyway.it is just something to sell.and no children should not see things like that.if it is ok then they should just show the sex thing right along with it.i dont think it is to respectful for some of the things they show on tv.tv should be be tv,and not a place to sell sex.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  67. Zach

    Amen! Be gone!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  68. HolderBeast

    I don't personally pay much attention to those ads. I don't want my TV to be brought to the level of a 4 year old child either however. Does the 4 year old ask about douche ads, roids, menstruation, bloating, or any number of other rather unpleasent ads as well? Why should we crack down on any form of expression because someone (temporarily in power) needs to screen reality from their grandkids?

    Is this guy a DEMOCRAT? Sounds like a Republican to me to be honest...

    May 7, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  69. Onejosephgirl

    totally agree that these ads are outrageous and should not be on TV

    May 7, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  70. B Morris

    Why don't we limit when all commercials air then? I'm sure there are millions of other people that are offended by feminine products, hair loss products, political ads, and other pharmaceutical products. If something bothers you that much, CHANGE THE CHANEL, you have the choice to do that. People are forgetting that we have the choice to choose what we watch. To me it sounds like people don't want to have a difficult conversation with their children or to actually step up to the plate and be a parent. Stop regulating things that don't really matter and start dealing with the issues that are really hurting our country.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  71. Sally Williams

    Gee, I'm so happy that Rep. Moran is so firmly focused on important issues....

    May 7, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  72. bubba

    Another one of our reps spending his time well instead of fixing real problems...what a tool...parden the pun...

    May 7, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  73. Jeff Austin

    I say ban food commericals after 6pm. Those late night food commerical make people eat late and therefore gain weight.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  74. Adar

    Great idea, lets throw the tampax comercials in too pls.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  75. Ras-Disputin

    Jim if you want to make a significant contribution to society then get rid of those disgusting feminine hygeine ads.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  76. Ann Armey

    STOP THE ADS!!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  77. Julia C. Beeman

    Good for Representative Moran! Other bills ought to ban ads for "personal" products, like toilet paper, and "feminine" products like tampons. These ads are useless, as most people tend to buy products that fill their needs and are little influenced by promotional material. I find all these ads offensive as I am an adult who grew up with a sense of discretion and propriety.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  78. Sandra Kee

    I couldn't agree more with Rep. Moran. I'm so very sick of these commercials especially during "family" TV.
    Thanks for introducing the bill to ban these ads.
    Signed,
    A Republican friend

    May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  79. Sandra D. Mayden

    I agree completely that these ads should be limited to late night.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  80. J.D.

    if you don't want your kid seeing those commercials here's a novel idea.....turn the tv off.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  81. IndianaBoy

    ED commercials too hot? How about the numerous PMS, Sanitary Napkin/Tampon/ Female Hygene, etc. Commercials.

    I'm in favor of a law that only allows ED commercials on ESPN, Spike and during sports; while the female personal products can only be shown on WE, Bravo and during Soap Operas and Dancing with the Stars.

    Chavenistic? Definitely!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  82. GS Perreira

    If I was a resident of VA. I would be so embaressed that my representative has nothing better to do with the money I pay him then to watch TV and be angry about ED. I really don't believe kids are asking about ED, they are asking why are those people taking a bath outside.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  83. Michael

    I agree, it's not as though these ads appear late at night on adult-oriented programs: they are ubiquitous! How embarrassing to be watching a benign program with your 12 year old daughter and the commercial is talking about an erection lasting 4 hours or longer, not to mention the rip-off ads featuring strangers having sex in an elevator with different partners while holding a box of "male enhancement" pills.... get rid of them....

    May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  84. Rick McDaniel

    Actually we need to ban most drug advertising, and certainly consumer drug advertising for prescription drugs.

    There is no justification, whatsoever, for advertising prescription drugs to the public, who can only get them with a doctor's prescription, in the first place.

    This advertising is creating a drug minded society, and that is bad for everyone.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  85. Jim

    I don't have children, but I am still very concerned with how children may be influenced by these commercials. Every time I see one of the ads, it makes me angry! Why do we have to be bombarded with sex ads??? How would it be unconstitutional to restrict them to after-hours?

    Congressman Moran, go for it! Please try return a little decency to television programming.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  86. Tulsa

    Finally, someone is as fed up with this as the rest of us. Ban these ads. The man with this problem knows where to get help already. Frankly, of my friends that 50+ , not any need this stuff.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  87. Carla K

    This man is rediculous, this is censorship at its worst. I can't believe how many supposedly intelligent people are trying to force their own absurd values on the rest of the world. Guess what people, SEX is part of life and my grandchildren are healthy well adjusted children and they know about sex.

    I have always said that those lawmakers and preachers who condem everything sexual are the ones we should watch out for- they are the true perverts and problems in our society. Watch out for those "who protest too much"!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  88. jim

    Finally, someone with some common sense. yes they need to be banned or limited! I wondered when someone would step up to ban these. They are embarrasing to watch with my teens!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  89. Saneetha

    Yes please do something about those stupid commercials I am sick and tired of seeing them. Sometimes while watching a movie they show these ads over and over until I change the station.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  90. Jeremy

    If you don't know how to handle answering questions to a 3 or 4 year old on erectile dysfunction then you've got more problems than that.

    3-4 year old kids will believe anything...tell them whatever you want! You can tell them it's a new kind of medicine to help grandpa feel better, you can tell them that erectile disfunction is when you have a problem erecting a building, whatever...make something up!

    ORRRR you could just say "it's something that happens when you get old...much like Mr. Moron..oops...moran.

    This blatent censorship is stuipid...we're not in the 50's... 90% of TV shows have more questionable terms than some dude on the screen for the enzyte commercials.

    SOOO STUPID.. I can't wait until these elderly people are out of office. There should be a limit on the age....40-60 for govt. positions, then you're kicked out. We need a more progressive croud.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  91. Mom

    I agree, it's too much, already indecent. I hope the bill passes.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  92. oz

    Ban them to late night television..

    But I don't like any type of prescription advertised on television. Seems to add to the prescription's costs.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  93. Shelley Hix

    Thank you Jim Moran. I have voiced oposition to these ads since day one. I have teenage grandsons and have to be on guard every single minute they are visiting and watching TV. While we are on the subject of ads, the women's feminine products are getting more explicit by the day. It's time to get them under control also.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  94. about time

    I am in agreement with Mr. Moran. I am sick and tired of seeing these ads,especially when children are present when they are run on tv. If a man has a "problem" he will, and can, go to his doctor...the rest of us don't need to see this tripe.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  95. steve

    haha you gotta love phizer:

    "ED can be a signal for other serious medical issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

    like their ads are going to make you figure out that you have diabetes or heart disease.

    plus isn't the last thing you want to do with a heart problem or high blood pressure is make it pump blood to your little buddy for 4 hours at a time?

    May 7, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  96. Greg

    The FCC should ban any medication requiring a prescription...The drug companies directly marketing things like "the purple pill" what ever that was, is shameful..

    May 7, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  97. CWH

    I agree. It's really sick that you can't watch a family show, Super Bowl, or anything else, without having to explain the disclaimer "...healthy enough for sexual activity" or "an erection lasting longer than four hours...." It's intrusive, embarrassing, and shouldn't be allowed during family viewing time. Period. Glad to see Rep. Moran is taking this on.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  98. Beth

    the ads are annoying, i change the channel or mute the tv, can't stand them!!!!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  99. PJ

    Oh – GROW UP, Jim. There are real problems to deal with in this country.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  100. Helen Tucker

    I am so happy someone is trying to get ED Ads pulled. It is not only
    for the children and young people, but it is also embarrassing for mixed company adults. Not only is it embarrassing, those love scenes of planned sex have made me sick of sex. What happened to spontaneity and sex because of love. I am embarrassed to see it in front of my husband of 60 years. I hate to think what I would feel as a young married woman. I hope Representative Moran gets to hear how your audience feels. If it must be advertised, then don't use those fake love scenes. Use only the medical facts.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:36 am |
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