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The FDA has approved Addyi, a treatment for women’s sexual dysfunction created by North Carolina-based Sprout pharmaceuticals.

The FDA has approved Addyi, a treatment for women’s sexual dysfunction created by North Carolina-based Sprout pharmaceuticals.
According to an article on Wired:

The US Food and Drug Administration has now approved the first drug in the United States to treat a low libido in women. Nicknamed the “female Viagra,” flibanserin is said to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or a persistent lack of sexual desire in premenopausal women. (Despite the nickname, the drug functions differently than Viagra—it targets chemicals in the brain rather than increasing blood flow to the genitals.) The so-called disorder is said to affect nearly 1 in 10 women.
[…] The drug itself, however, is controversial. Since 2010 the FDA has twice rejected Flibanserin, most recently in 2013 due to its negative side effects. While proponents of the drug say it could help women who feel they have no other option, critics argue the pharmaceutical industry is trying to solve a perceived problem—that may be far more complicated, or not, in fact, a problem at all—with a quick fix in pill form.

Click here to read the full article on Wired.

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