Men’s Clinic Criticized After Medication Gives Patient 8-Hour Erection

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A group of Twin Cities urologists has filed complaints against a men’s clinic that sold injectable medication to a patient who ended up needing emergency care for an eight-hour erection.

The man had bought a supply erectile-dysfunction medication from the Minneapolis Men’s Clinic, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Sunday (http://strib.mn/1jKQyqw ). But there was no one available to help him when he called in a panic on May 17, urologist Karl Kemberling said.

Kemberling and his partners at Edina-based Urology Associates lodged complaints with the Minnesota Attorney General and the state Board of Medicine, saying they’ve seen additional patients with similar reports.

“We . consider their lack of care medical negligence or patient abandonment,” Kemberling wrote.

The patient who sought help eventually went to an emergency room in Waconia, where the doctor called Kemberling for advice. The emergency-room doctor ended up using needles to drain clotted blood from the man’s penis.

Thomas Lund, the director of the Men’s Clinic, defended the treatments as commonly used. He said they’re recommended by the American Urological Association as a viable nonsurgical treatment for erectile dysfunction.

“These claims by the local urology clinic are baseless and motivated by an attempt to drive out their competition,” Lund wrote in an email.

The medications include three drugs that can be mixed in different strengths and injected with small-gauge needles into the side of the penis. They were commonly used by urologists before Viagra and similar drugs came on the market.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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