Is achieving orgasm really necessary for women?
The Washington Post looks at the debate over whether or not the major pharmaceutical companies should be wasting time and money on ‘unnecessary’ drugs like flibanserin, the so-called ‘pink viagra’ which is supposed to help women like sex:
That enigma will be part of a Food and Drug Administration committee’s deliberations next month when it considers endorsing the first pill designed to do for women what Viagra did for men: boost their sex lives. A German pharmaceutical giant wants to sell a drug with the decidedly unsexy name “flibanserin,” which has shown prowess for sparking a woman’s sexual desire by fiddling with her brain chemicals.
Even before the FDA’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee meets June 18 to consider the request, the prospect of the drug’s approval has triggered debate over whether the medication, like others in the pipeline, represents a long-sought step toward equity for women’s health or the latest example of the pharmaceutical industry fabricating a questionable disorder to sell unnecessary — and potentially dangerous — drugs.
Isn’t it absurd that we’d finally really bring this issue up when we’re talking about women’s sexual satisfaction?
No one really raises this question about over the counter allergy medications. On the few days a year when I’ve got hay fever or when I visit my mom who owns a cat, I don’t really need to pop a generic loratadine. But it makes my life easier – my nose runs less, I don’t need to clear my throat, I am less distracted by my temporary respiratory distress. I’m glad Big Pharma developed loratadine and happy that the FDA spent resources approving it. And no one really questioned whether they should develop a drug that you probably would not use if you have serious allergies requiring continuous medical attention because it isn’t strong enough.
But when it comes to women perhaps choosing to take a drug to enhance their sexual lives, suddenly we’re concerned with whether a need that didn’t exist is being created for women, and that someone stands to make a profit off of it. Oh, I see.
I hope flibanserin becomes available over the counter and without a prescription just like loratadine. And even if it isn’t, if it doesn’t work, women won’t want to use it, and the companies won’t sell it because no one will be buying it. If it has too many side effects, it won’t be approved.
Seems like a win-win to me – and isn’t that what sex is supposed to be all about?