Lancaster Man Who Shared His Viagra Faces Hard Time

William Bennethum faces time in Lancaster County Prison for sharing his Viagra.

LANCASTER, PA – A Lancaster man who shared his Viagra with a neighbor is facing potential jail time after his friend ends up in the hospital.

67-year-old William Bennethum of Lancaster City was arrested early Friday morning by Lancaster City Police for illegally dispensing a controlled substance. That substance was Viagra.

According to Lancaster City Police Spokeswoman Nancy Willet, “Bennethum gave the pills to his friend and neighbor, 68-year-old Bob Schwartz, who ended up in Lancaster General Hospital.”

Could something as seemingly innocent as helping out a friend with sexual dysfunction be a crime?

“Prescription drugs are considered controlled substances. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act makes it clear that the only legal way to access prescription drugs is to have a doctor’s prescription. This law states that “no controlled substance may be dispensed without the written prescription of a practitioner. This includes Viagra.” explained Willet.

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We contacted Mr. Schwartz who told us that he did in fact get the Viagra from Bennethum. “I have had problems down there for a couple years now and it was really frustrating me and my wife. She wanted me to be a man again. So I got some Viagra from Bill.” said Schwartz.

This is where things started to go wrong for Mr. Schwartz and landed Bennethum in the hands of Lancaster Police.

“I took two of the pills as Bill said and things started out okay. My wife was happy for about a half hour or so, but, five hours later it wouldn’t go away.” explained Schwartz.

The “it” Schwartz was referring to was an erection that would not go away.

Bob Schwartz had an erection for more than 5 hours.

Warnings and Side Effects we found on the Internet tell consumers, “If your erection is painful or lasts for more than four hours (priapism), seek immediate medical attention, as permanent tissue damage and impotency could result.”

Recently passed laws to combat Opiate abuse now require medical practitioners and hospitals to report drug abuse including the illegal dispensing of prescription medications.

According to Willet, “Bennethum faces up to 5 years in jail for illegally dispensing his prescription Viagra.”