National Consumers League

NCL statement on FDA adcom vote on ‘female viagra’

June 4, 2015

Contact: Carol McKay, NCL, 412-945-3242,

Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL), the nation's pioneering consumer advocacy organization, which has championed women's health and gender equity, is applauding today’s 18-6 vote of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee to recommend to the agency’s approval of the drug flibanserin for low libido in women, or female sexual dysfunction (FSD). The most common FSD condition is loss of sex drive, or HSDD.

The FDA generally accepts the recommendations of its advisory committee, but that formal decision will come in August.

The following statement may be attributed to Sally Greenberg, NCL executive director:

“At present there are no FDA-approved drugs to treat FSD, whereas there are 26 drugs to treat male sexual dysfunction. We welcome the positive recommendation of the FDA advisory committee. We urge the FDA to approve this treatment quickly, begin the process to address the long-overdue void that exists, and allow women who suffer from HSDD to finally get access to this important medication."


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