Viagra-like pill for women being considered

Since Viagra met blockbuster success in 1998, the drug industry has sought a similar pill for women.

Now, a German drug giant says it has stumbled upon such a pill and is trying to persuade the Food and Drug Administration that its drug can help restore a depressed female sex drive, according to a story in the New York Times.

The effort has set off a debate over what constitutes a normal range of sexual desire among women, with critics saying the company is trying to turn a low libido into a medical pathology.

On Wednesday, an FDA staff report recommended against approving the drug, saying the maker, Boehringer Ingelheim, had not made its case, and that the benefits of the daily pill did not outweigh its side effects, which included dizziness, nausea and fatigue.

Some analysts forecast that if the drug does reach the market, it could have annual sales in this country of $2 billion — or about equal to the current combined annual American sales of the men’s drugs Viagra, Levitra and Cialis.

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One response to “Viagra-like pill for women being considered

  1. The FDA has repetitively not given medication for depressed female libido the benefit of the doubt.
    There is NO “normal libido” so measurements are useless and this is a situation where anecdotal data should be included since it appears the side effects ,while a nuisance, are not a threat to one’s health. Being a gynecologist, I have seen time after time where I personally believe the FDA has denied women therapeutic agents to potentially improve their quality of life.

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