The story labels Cialis, which is prescribed as an erectile-dysfunction treatment, as an 'aphrodisiac', and expresses puzzlement at the motivation for the unusual clinical regime.
An employee received the order for 1000 doses of the 5 mg potency pills, which he found highly suspect. According to Heute, the employee explained that "We only carry out the arrangements of the medical management. Why long-term prisoners receive potency pills, is a matter solely for the chief physician to know."
Christian Lausch, justice spokesman for the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), has called for an investigation into and an immediate halt of the distribution of the "potency treat."
"The fact that the taxpayer has to pay for them, makes this scandal twice as bad", he said.
Inmates in Austria's most notorious prison – all of whom are male – have no contact with the outside world, and rarely see any women.
A notable exception occurred earlier this year, when a 30-year-old female prison guard working at the Stein prison was suspended in May for falling pregnant to one of her charges, as well as smuggling in a mobile phone.
The prison was also in the news recently, after the Falter news magazine revealed a shocking case of neglect of a 73-year-old prisoner, which led to the suspension of three prison officials.
The discovery of the medications suggests that some prisoners, at least in Krems Stein prison, are 'doing hard time'.