New ‘Female Viagra’ Pill: Will It Help Older Women?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first medication designed to treat lack of sexual desire in premenopausal women, although some experts say it may be helpful for older women as well. The approval comes after a controversial lobbying campaign in June by the drug’s makers and other groups accusing the federal agency of gender bias in not approving a sexual dysfunction drug for women. The FDA denied the charge, saying erectile dysfunction drugs for men work far …

Generic Drug Recall Raises More Questions

Last week’s surprise announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that a popular generic antidepressant is not equivalent to the original drug also raises concerns doctors and patients have had about other generic versions of common medications. In an about-face, the FDA announced it had notified drug company Teva Pharmaceuticals to stop shipping Budeprion XL 300 milligrams, a copycat of the extended-release antidepressant Wellbutrin XL 300 milligrams, and to remove it from U.S. shelves. The highly unusual decision contradicts …

Choosing An Antidepressant? It’s The Side Effects That Matter

When it comes to choosing one of the newer antidepressants, a study has found they’re all basically the same — except for their side effects. Researchers looked at 13 antidepressants — including such popular ones as Cymbalta, Prozac, Effexor and Zoloft — and found that they’re all equally effective at treating depression. “They’re interchangeable except for side effects,” David Schlager, of Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, told USA Today. As of 2005, some 27 million Americans had taken antidepressants, …