The AP reports:
“…members of the Food and Drug Administration’s reproductive drugs panel voted 11-0 that the drug’s benefits did not outweigh side effects, including fatigue, depression and fainting spells.
Flibanserin failed to increase sexual desire, as recorded by women in daily journals, in two company studies.
The FDA will make its own decision on the drug in coming months, though it generally follows the panel’s advise.”
When will we learn to put evidence before hype?
To wait until all the evidence is in before promoting something as “the female viagra” – as “the pink pill” that women have been waiting for?
Shame on the journalists who hyped this story leading up to the FDA panel’s vote. It resembled free advertising, free marketing, free buildup of demand for an unproven product.
And pity the poor consumers who heard about this every day and bought the hype.
When will we learn to be better evaluators of the evidence?
Addendum two hours after original post: many more good details in this story from MedPageToday.com.