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60+ Healthcare Professionals Sign an Open Letter Urging the FDA to Approve First-Ever Drug to Treat Women's Most Common Form of Sexual Dysfunction, notes Even the Score
Date:8/1/2014

an example of the FDA holding treatment options for women to a different standard of risk/benefit consideration than the 26 times they've turned over that consideration to men and their health care providers. Flibanserin has been studied for 12 years in clinical trials of more than 11,000 women.

According to the letter: "If the FDA cannot approve this therapy that has met its clinical endpoints in study and is worthy of approval by any other comparison of what has sufficed for the male drugs or countless others, you can imagine our significant concern that if we remain silent, further research and development in the field will terminate. Many of us have completed the clinical trials for the product being reviewed by the FDA, flibanserin, as well as the products in development for this condition. … Can you understand our palpable frustration and growing concern?"

In calling on the FDA to make the approval of a medical treatment for HSDD a "priority action," the letter signees noted that HSDD has been a medically-recognized condition for more than 30 years, and impacts 1-in-10 women – or some 16 million women in the United States today. Sixteen years after the approval of Viagra for men, women are still waiting for a treatment option of their own.

"When a woman's health is improved so, too, are her partner's and family's," the letter states.

Susan Scanlan, Chair of Even the Score: A Campaign for Women's Sexual Health Equity – which launched earlier this year by a diverse group of women's health and other advocacy organizations to lead the fight for safe, FDA-approved treatment options for HSDD – issued the following statement in support of the letter:

"Even the Score applauds all of the medical experts who signed this letter in support of an FDA-approved treatment option for women's most common sexual complaint. Thi
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