Video: Stephen Colbert's Take On "Female Viagra"

Video: Stephen Colbert's Take On "Female Viagra"

Despite major concerns about the effectiveness and side effect profile of flibanserin (also known as "Addyi"), the drug so many have misleadingly referred to as "female Viagra," it is coming soon to a pharmacy near you. There's a lot I have to say about this, but I'll let Stephen Colbert do the talking for me today. He recently gave the drug his signature treatment on The Late Show, in which he highlighted some of the major limitations of this drug and brilliantly skewered the pharmaceutical company that rushed it through the approval process before cashing out with $1 billion. Check out the full segment below and enjoy!

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What You Need to Know About Flibanserin, The So-Called "Female Viagra"

What You Need to Know About Flibanserin, The So-Called "Female Viagra"

Flibanserin, a drug some of you probably know more commonly as "female Viagra" or "pink Viagra," has been in the news a lot lately. This is a drug that is widely misunderstood and very controversial, so let's take a moment to set the record straight on it. In the video below, Indiana University physician and health researcher Dr. Aaron Carroll explains what we do and do not know about Flibanserin. He starts by describing the differences between how Flibanserin and Viagra actually work, and explains why the media's common usage of the term "female/pink Viagra" is inaccurate and misleading. He then breaks down the data on the effectiveness of Flibanserin, it's side-effect profile, and what the FDA's recent vote on drug really means. Overall, this video offers an excellent look at what the science actually says about Flibanserin, without all of the media spin.

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