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FDA panel backs female libido pill with safety conditions

FDA panel backs female libido pill with safety conditions

The drug industry's decade-spanning search for a female equivalent to Viagra took a major step forward Thursday, as government experts recommended approval for a pill to boost sexual desire in women. The first-of-a-kind endorsement came with safety reservations, however, due to drug side effects including fatigue, low blood pressure and fainting. The panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers voted 18-6 in favor of Sprout Pharmaceutical's daily pill, flibanserin, on the condition that the company develops a plan to manage its risks. The recommendation is a major victory for a drug sometimes hailed as "female Viagra," but which has been plagued for years by...

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