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The Food and Drug Administration officially approved a drug called flibanserin designed to treat women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder. The drug will be manufactured by Sprout Pharmaceuticals and will officially be sold under the name ‘Addyi.’

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Politico reports:

But the agency’s decision... comes with a requirement that the company take steps to ensure doctors prescribe flibanserin carefully and make women aware of its health risks. The drug will only be available through certified health care professionals and certified pharmacies. It will come with a black boxed warning to highlight the risk of severe blood pressure drops and fainting in patients who drink alcohol or use certain other drugs during treatment.

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The FDA has also requested three more studies focused on the interaction between the drug and alcohol consumption. The drug was up for approval two times before (first in 2010), but it was rejected both times.

Flibanserin works by gradually increasing the amount of neurotransmitters noradrenaline and dopamine into the cerebral cortex — essentially bumping up the motivation factor and making the prospect of sex more exciting.

“Today’s approval provides women distressed by their low sexual desire with an approved treatment option,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The FDA strives to protect and advance the health of women, and we are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction.”


Contact the author at joanna.rothkopf@jezebel.com.

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DISCUSSION

Here’s a novel idea. Why don’t men take the time to learn about how a woman’s body works, then make an effort to put that into practice? (Watching a steady diet of porn does not count!) Why not ask their partner what she needs from him to get her interested and willing? It’s different for every woman. Sexual response in women isn’t instant, it’s a build up, and there are a lot of factors that create that build up. For me, taking out the garbage without being asked 5 times, emptying the dishwasher without being prompted, or volunteering to take my car in for an oil change would get me wetter than a tropical storm. How about men stepping up their game to get what they want, which is mutually beneficial to both partners, instead of medicating women into oblivion in the hopes we won’t notice or care about their inadequacies. I don’t doubt that there are women who would truly benefit from this drug, but it really seems to me that the main purpose is to place yet another burden on women, this time for the quality of the sexual experience. Yet again, the fault is ours because we aren’t ready and willing sexbots or porn stars 24/7 when in reality, we may not be all that interested in sex because he’s not very good at it, he’s inconsiderate, he doesn’t help around the house, etc. I think communication between partners would go a lot further towards creating willingness and interest than any pink pill.