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 …

‘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 …

Cómo reconocer las falsas terapias para la disfunción eréctil

Están en todas partes. En enormes carteles y vallas publicitarias urbanas, en periódicos y revistas, en la televisión y hasta en nuestro buzón de correo electrónico. Pretenden sacar provecho del sufrimiento o de las inseguridades de los hombres. Abordan un tema muy sensitivo, que afecta también por asociación a las mujeres, y ofrecen milagrosas soluciones. Fotos: 7 razones para estar activo sexualmente después de los 50. Son los anuncios para falsas terapias, medicamentos o suplementos alimentarios para remediar la disfunción …

This Week in Boomer History: Sgt. Presley … Three Mile Island … Viagra

Notable events from our shared experience Viagra, patented in 1996, is approved to treat erectile dysfunction on March 27, 1998. Sales in 2012 are about $2 billion; competitor Cialis isn’t far behind. On March 26, 1953, Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully completed a small-scale test of a vaccine to protect against polio. Boomers soon line up to be vaccinated in school. Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army on March 24, 1958. Serving in Germany, he meets 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu; they marry almost eight …

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 …

¿La pí­ldora azul no es un pasaporte al amor ni a la felicidad?

Cuando se estrenó hace 15 años la pastilla azul, mejor conocida como Viagra, se la percibió como un verdadero “milagro” de la medicina que cambiarí­a las vidas de millones de hombres con impotencia sexual. Y las ha cambiado. Desde entonces, los hombres la han considerado un buen condimento para mejorar su intimidad o impulsar nuevas relaciones. Incluso quienes no padecí­an la enfermedad se lanzaron a probarla bien sea por entrar en la “moda”, por el “boom” o por los mitos que se …