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Fight Over 'Little Pink Pill' Raises Sexism Questions
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Posted on 06/26/2014 9:04:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway

It’s called the “little pink pill,” a tiny tablet that could have a huge impact on treating female sexual dysfunction. If it’s approved, it would become the first drug of its kind on the market.

But that’s a big IF.

The drug Flibanserin is locked in a heated battle for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raising controversial questions about why there are so many sexual enhancement drugs available for men and zero for women.

Cindy Whitehead, the founder and COO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based company focused on producing only Flibanserin, has been fighting for FDA approval for the drug for three years.

“There are 25 approved drugs for some form of male sexual dysfunction, but still a great big zero for the most common form of FSD [female sexual dysfunction],” Whitehead said. “No matter how or why we got here, we're here, and we've got to come up with a solution for it.”

Flibanserin is more than curing a weak libido. It’s specifically for treating Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, or HSDD. Gynecologist and sexual health crusader Dr. Lauren Streicher explained that HSDD goes much deeper than just a low sex drive.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: bigpharma; fda; frigidity; pharmaceuticals; spanishfly; waronwomenmeme
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1 posted on 06/26/2014 9:04:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Ban sex toys. Those are the major source of the dysfunctions for women.


2 posted on 06/26/2014 9:05:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway

Sexual enhancement pills? I thought they were to allow function of the penis, which without the pill was impossible in certain diagnosed male patients.

How did it come to be an aphrodisiac, or a sex enhancement pill?


3 posted on 06/26/2014 9:07:58 PM PDT by ansel12 (( Rand Paul---What a tragedy if America wouldn't have gotten to see Barack Obama as a leader.)
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To: GeronL

ummmm not even close


4 posted on 06/26/2014 9:08:58 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: nickcarraway

Flibanserin is a poor name choice.


5 posted on 06/26/2014 9:09:50 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: GeronL

Banning sex toys could make men an endangered gender.


6 posted on 06/26/2014 9:10:51 PM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: ansel12
the vast majority of the male drugs are not used for medical reasons, purely to enhance the ability of the average guy....many young guys use it...

my guy is 62 and I can proudly say he does need any of that...

7 posted on 06/26/2014 9:16:23 PM PDT by cherry
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To: nickcarraway
"raising controversial questions about why there are so many sexual enhancement drugs available for men and zero for women."

There is a sexual enhancement drug for women... it's called "shopping." :-)

8 posted on 06/26/2014 9:18:18 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Nifster
ummmm not even close

Shouldn't that be "Hummmm, not even close? ;-)

9 posted on 06/26/2014 9:24:37 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: cherry

I’m a 61 year-old married man with a full head of hair. I occasionally have bald-headed guys tell me they don’t waste their testosterone growing hair. My response, “Some of us have plenty to spare.”


10 posted on 06/26/2014 9:27:18 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: nickcarraway

I maintain that any sexual enhancement drug for women, is also for the benefit of men.


11 posted on 06/26/2014 9:29:05 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: cherry

I was thinking not of young guys buying them for what must be an imaginary reason, but of the men with a medical condition having their medicine covered by insurance.


12 posted on 06/26/2014 9:30:52 PM PDT by ansel12 (( Rand Paul---What a tragedy if America wouldn't have gotten to see Barack Obama as a leader.)
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To: Valpal1

“The drug Flibanserin...”

It will counter-act the “Fibansweren” (”Not tonight honey, I have a headache.”)


13 posted on 06/26/2014 9:39:54 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: cherry
My guy is 62 and I can proudly say he does need any of that...

My guy too. He's fit and able. But that's all I'll say.

14 posted on 06/26/2014 9:44:12 PM PDT by Cry if I Wanna
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To: GeronL

You must be a big Bloomberg fan.


15 posted on 06/26/2014 9:44:16 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: cherry
Viagra was initially developed to aid pulmonary function by increasing blood flow to the lungs. The effect on sexual function was discovered as a side effect.
16 posted on 06/26/2014 9:48:34 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: 21twelve

LOL!


17 posted on 06/26/2014 9:53:07 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: nickcarraway

Here are some ideas for pills women need more than this.

A pill that....

Makes her think he is listening to something that doesnt matter to anyone.

Makes her stand somewhere other than between him and the TV.

Teaches her how hard or soft a car door needs to be closed so she stops breaking the mechanical and electrical parts.

Gets her to let go of that stupid thing he did 15 years ago...and the mean thing the girl.did to her in high school 30 years ago.


18 posted on 06/26/2014 9:59:44 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (This town needs an enema)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Ba da bing


19 posted on 06/26/2014 10:15:28 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: nickcarraway

It’s a psychoactive drug. Further testing would be wise. I suspect that there may be more side effects long term.


20 posted on 06/26/2014 10:32:19 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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