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Amid controversy and fanfare, regulators last year approved a pill called Addyi, which became the first medicine for combating female sexual dysfunction.

The endorsement came despite lingering questions about safety and effectiveness, but also followed a high-stakes pressure campaign in which the manufacturer accused the Food and Drug Administration of gender bias, since several pills were already approved for men with sexual problems.


Although some had great expectations for the drug, Addyi has, so far, been a bust. Not only have sales been meager, but the pill and its manufacturer — Valeant Pharmaceuticals — rate poorly on several measures that should be of concern to women and doctors, according to an advocacy group that on Thursday released a report card for the drug’s one-year anniversary.

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  • Valeant should have struck a copromotion deal with a Big Pharma company doing sexual health, such as Pfizer. I can think of the possibilities, such as a Viagra/Addyi combo pack for “those occasions when he can’t and she won’t”.

    • I think you hit the nail on the head… The whole premise behind this drug is wrong. I would say that the vast majority of women with low libido don’t see it as a problem that they need to take prescription drugs to solve. Some flowers, candy, a nice dinner out, or a thoughtful gift would probably do the trick to Add Ye necessary spark.

    • @biotechpro that’s the attitude that’s made it difficult to get this kind of drug out there. Are you saying the same thing to men who can’t get it up? Go for a jog to raise your endorphins then have your lady take you out for steak? The idea that flowers and chocolate could raise a woman’s libido (in these cases) is ridulous. I have had a low libido my entire sexual life and taking addyi has undeniably highentened my sexual appetite from literally cringing at the thought to initiating sex. Don’t make ignorant comments that make you look sexist.

    • @biotechpro HSDD is real. I’ve been struggling for 2 years with no libido. Flowers not candy nor a nice dinner out fix the problem. It’s much more complicated and if a pill will help my sex drive, I’m completely willing to try it and I hope it works. I’m 36, in a marriage that is having huge problems because I don’t have a sex drive. We’ve tried flowers and candy and dinner and therapy and many other things. The fact remains that my libido isn’t raised by the things you mentioned. You gloss over this as if female lack of libido is just a silly girl thing and if our partners treated us differently, we’d magically have a libido. That’s what makes this disorder hard. Because most people believe like you do. And that is what makes women feel guilty, ashamed, embarrassed etc… for something we can’t control. I hope this pill works. I want my libido back.

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