New drug to boost women’s sex drive ap­proved in the US

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASH­ING­TON >> U.S. women soon will have an­other drug op­tion de­signed to boost low sex drive: a shot they can give them­selves in the thigh or ab­domen that raises sex­ual in­ter­est for sev­eral hours.

The medicine ap­proved Fri­day by the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion is only the sec­ond ap­proved to in­crease sex­ual de­sire in women, a mar­ket drug­mak­ers have been try­ing to cul­ti­vate since the block­buster suc­cess of Vi­a­gra for men in the late 1990s. The other drug is a daily pill.

The up­side of the new drug “is that you only use it when you need it,” said Dr. Ju­lia John­son, a re­pro­duc­tive spe­cial­ist at UMass Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter who was not in­volved in its devel­op­ment. “The down­side is that it’s a shot.”

The drug’s de­vel­oper, Amag Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, also could face some of the same hur­dles that have plagued the lone pill, in­clud­ing un­pleas­ant side ef­fects and limited in­sur­ance cov­er­age. No price was given.

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