‘Female Viagra’ is back and easily available online — which means it could be more harmful than ever

Three years ago, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Addyi, a so-called “female Viagra” pill intended to increase a woman’s libido. The decision was controversial, and Addyi didn’t sell well, partly due to problems with its manufacturer. Now, Addyi has been relaunched. It’s half the price and easily available online — two moves that make it likely this ill-advised pill will be even more harmful. When it comes to issues of sexual desire, expanding access to a bad pill is a bad solution.

First things first: “Female Viagra” is a catchy term, but Addyi is not a female Viagra. Viagra increases blood flow and makes it physically easier for men to have sex. A female Viagra, then, would make it more physically comfortable for women to…

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