F.D.A. Approves Addyi, a Libido Pill for Women

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The first prescription drug to enhance women’s sexual drive won regulatory approval on Tuesday, clinching a victory for a lobbying campaign   that had accused the Food and Drug Administration of gender bias for ignoring the sexual needs of women.

The drug — Addyi from Sprout Pharmaceuticals — is actually the first drug approved to treat a flagging or absent libido for either sex. Viagra and other drugs available for men are approved to treat certain dysfunctions or  deficiencies of the hormone testosterone, not to increase desire.

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The Pro team sees that a drug to improve women’s sex lives was long overdue, given the many options available to men & sees This as the biggest breakthrough for women’s sexual health since the pill.

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.

We respect the committment of some pharmaceutical companies  to support the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction, but we are really wondering if “desire” really needs a pill?