Pink Viagra Sham : Viagra for Women, Medical Miracle or Snake Oil?

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Updated: November 19, 2014
Pink Viagra Sham : Viagra for Women, Medical Miracle or Snake Oil?

Pink Viagra Sham? For some, the fact that there isn’t a drug as effective and successful as Viagra for treating female sexual disfunction is proof positive that we live in a sexist world. For others, it’s a sign that drug companies are misusing studies about female sexuality to make money.

In an op-ed for the LA Times, researchers Ellen Laan and Leonore Tiefer outline their issues with the recent big pharma-backed push to get more drugs to treat female sexual issues on the market. They describe a two-day meeting held by the Food and Drug Administration last month which was organized to hear from women who feel they suffer from female sexual disfunction, or FDS. During that meeting, Laan and Tiefer were “horrified” to see drug companies using “the language of equality to pressure the FDA to approve a potential billion-dollar blockbuster ‘pink Viagra.'”

Laan and Tiefer point to the recent campaigns #WomenDeserve and Even the Score as proof-positive that drug companies like Sprout (responsible for a recently rejected female Viagra option) are behind a push for drugs that won’t actually “cure” FDS. (#WomenDeserve made the Viagra ad parody above). They argue that instead, “most sexual problems in healthy people as related to what is going on in the bedroom, the relationship, the partners’ individual lives and shifts in cultural norms.”

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