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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Stop the presses: A libido pill for women

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 7:18 PM

click to enlarge The "pink Viagra."
  • The "pink Viagra."
The New York Times has breaking news that the FDA has approved a pill to enhance a woman's sex drive. Don't start celebrating, boys; the pill has been disparaged for its poor efficacy record. But I'll bet it sells! 

The drug, flibanserin, manufactured by Sprout pharmaceuticals, will be sold as (who knows why) Addyi (pronounced ad-ee), and will be available Oct. 17. Unlike Viagra, which works on male physiology, Addyi, first tested as an antidepressant, works on the brain. 

From the Times:

Advocates who pressed for approval of Addyi, many of them part of a coalition called Even the Score, said that a drug to improve women’s sex lives was long overdue, given the many options available to men. 

“This is the biggest breakthrough for women’s sexual health since the pill,” said Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League.

But critics said the campaign behind Addyi had made a mockery of the system that regulates pharmaceuticals and had co-opted the women’s movement to pressure the F.D.A. into approving a drug that was at best minimally effective and could cause side effects like low blood pressure, fainting, nausea, dizziness and sleepiness.

In 2010, when the drug was tested by a German company, the FDA turned down the company's' application because of its low efficacy. The company sold the drug to Sprout.

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