Listen up, ladies! The very first drug designed to boost a woman’s libido was finally approved by the FDA on Aug. 18. Find out all the details!
After being rejected twice before, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally gave the green light on a libido pill, designed to enhance women’s sexual desire. This is an incredible breakthrough for women’s health, seeing as though there are existing FDA-approved drugs to help men’s sexual problems.
The small pink pill, called flibanserin, is made from Sprout Pharmaceuticals and will be marketed under the brand name Addyi starting Oct. 17, according to The New York Times. The drug was created to help women suffering from hypoactive sexual desire disorder, which is a lack of desire to have sex, according to Sprout Pharmaceuticals.
“Addyi is a game changer, in my opinion, for women’s health,” Cindy Whitehead, Sprout’s CEO, said. “For decades, millions of women have been waiting for a medical solution to restore their sexual desire. And I’m thrilled that today the decision is finally being turned over to women and their health care providers regarding their sexual health.”
The controversial debate of the drug’s approval has been ongoing. The FDA rejected the drug in 2010 and 2013, but in June 2015, an advisory panel voted 18 to 6 to recommend the drug’s approval by presenting studies that showed how it could safely increase a woman’s sex drive. Experts have also noted that the drug is not overly strong.
Many women and experts have pointed out that there are several options available to men for their sexual problems, including drugs like Viagra, but there were no options for women. However, Addyi will be the first approved drug to treat a lacking libido for either sex. “For far too long we’ve reduced all things in the bedroom for men to biology, as witnessed by countless treatment options, and we’ve reduced all things for women to psychology,” Cynthia said.
The FDA requires doctors to warn women not to drink alcohol while taking Addyi, and to avoid taking it with certain medications, according to NPR. The company is hopeful that insurance companies will cover Addyi like they do Viagra, so that it would roughly cost women between $30 to $75 out of pocket per month.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Would you try Addyi? Let us know!
— Julianne Ishler