Drug to boost women's sex drive gets OK from U.S. officials

By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: Jun. 24, 2019 4:04 pm

A first-of-its-kind drug intended to boost a woman's sex drive has been give the green light by U.S. regulators.

When Vyleesi is injected into a woman's thigh or abdomen, it increases her sex drive for several hours, according to TV station WSET.

There is only one other drug like Vyleesi currently on the market, and it is taken daily in pill form.

The manufacturer of Vyleesi, Amag Pharmaceuticals, would not disclose how much the drug will cost and it's still not known if insurance companies will cover it. Viagra and similar drugs for men are covered by many insurance plans.

"Women are not desiring more sex," Dr. Julie Krop, Amag's chief medical officer, told WSET. "They want better sex."

Nausea was the most common side effect among women who tested the drug prior to its approval. Headaches and reactions at the injection site were also reported.

An estimated 10% of women in the U.S. suffer from a low sex drive, according to Amag.

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