Flibanserin (Addyi), the new female libido pill, is about desire, arousal, and satisfaction. The manufacturer, Sprout Pharmaceuticals (a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC), clearly had desire. They purchased the rights to the drug even after its initial rejection by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and persisted through 2 contentious review cycles. Sprout worked hard to arouse support for the drug, helping create and fund “Even the Score,” an advocacy campaign pushing the message that sexism—not legitimate scientific questions—motivated the drug’s rejection.1 And within 48 hours of FDA approval, flibanserin was sold to Valeant Pharmaceuticals for about $1 billion in cash.2 Very satisfying.
Woloshin S, Schwartz LM. US Food and Drug Administration Approval of FlibanserinEven the Score Does Not Add Up. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(4):439-442. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.0073