Rush Limbaugh

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh will not face any charges for carrying a bottle of Viagra prescribed in his doctor’s name.

The Palm Beach County state attorney’s has reviewed the elements of the case, after Limbaugh was held up for more than three hours at Palm Beach International Airport on June 26 when a federal search of his baggage turned up the sexual enhancement drug.

Roy Black, Limbaugh’s attorney, issued a statement noting a doctor had prescribed the drug, but it was “labeled as being issued to the physician rather than Mr. Limbaugh for privacy purposes.”

At the time of the incident, Paul Miller, a spokesman for the local sheriff’s office told the Associated Press, “We believe there may be a second-degree misdemeanor violation, which is possession of certain drugs without a prescription, because the bottle does not have his name on it.”

But Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for State Attorney Barry Krischer, a Democrat, today said it is generally not illegal in Florida for a medication to be prescribed in a third party’s name if all parties are aware and the doctor documents it properly.

Dr. Steve Strumwasser told authorities he “agreed to have his name on the label in an effort to avoid potentially embarrassing publicity for the suspect,” according to the state attorney’s office filing. “Thus, the medication contained in the subject pill bottle was legitimately prescribed to the suspect by his physician.”

Last week, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly came to the defense of his radio competitor, saying authorities were unjustly targeting him for prosecution.

“This is malicious, and this is unnecessary,” said O’Reilly. “I only can conclude that in Palm Beach, where Mr. Limbaugh lives, they’re out to get this guy.”

“It was a malicious, cheap, cheap tactic by the Palm Beach authorities, and they ought to be ashamed of themselves,” he said. “If I were Limbaugh, I’d move right on out of there. I’d get out of there. … This is a political persecution. That’s what this is.”

On Limbaugh’s radio broadcast last week, he made light of the whole affair.

“I’ve been racking my brain. I’m trying to figure out how Bob Dole’s luggage got on my airplane,” Limbaugh, 55, clowned. “I told the doctor, I said, ‘Look, I’m worried about the next election, not … .'”

Former Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas is well-known for his use and endorsement of Viagra.

Late-night comics also had a field day with the story.

“Airport security found a bottle of Viagra in Rush Limbaugh’s luggage, so they held him up for three hours,” NBC’s Conan O’Brien said. “Let’s all say the punch line together, shall we? So they held him up for three hours, and then the Viagra held him up for another three hours.”

Jay Leno noted, “Here’s an interesting fact. Did you know this? Even when Rush Limbaugh is on Viagra, he still ‘leans to the right.'”

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