‘Women’s Viagra’ Gets OK From FDA Committee

The first drug designed to boost a woman’s sex drive was given the green light Thursday by a government advisory panel, which recommended that the pill be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but only with certain safety restrictions. The committee voted 18-6 in favor of approving the pill flibanserin for women on the condition that drugmaker Sprout Pharmaceuticals take measures to reduce the risk of its side effects. The FDA is expected to announce a final decision by …

New FDA Warning About Testosterone and Aging Men

The Food and Drug Administration has a message for older men: Just because your testosterone level has dipped as you age doesn’t mean you need to take testosterone replacement drugs. In fact, the drugs could increase your risk of heart problems. In a new statement, the agency warned about overuse of the popular “low T” drugs to relieve symptoms in men who have low testosterone “for no apparent reason other than aging.” The FDA cautioned doctors about prescribing the medications inappropriately …

FDA Reviewing Safety of Testosterone Therapy

For older men who suspect their flagging energy and sex drive might be due to low testosterone, or “low T,” as commercials and advertisements call it, getting a prescription for testosterone gel seems to be an easy way to put the spring back in their step. In fact, the gel (brand name AndroGel) has become so popular (and so heavily marketed), it’s even outselling Viagra. But recent research – including a large new study published last week – links the …