With Viagra for men pulling in $1.7 billion in sales, the race is on to make a version for women. Wagner Pharmaceuticals has introduced Avlimil?an herbal supplement that claims to offer women what Viagra offers men.
Although at least 10 pharmaceutical companies have undertaken development of a similar drug for women, many question how any drug would be effective for treatment of women?s sexual dysfunction because a woman?s sexuality is more complicated and psychologically driven than that of men. Adelaide Nardone, MD, gynecol-
ogist and obstetrician, said, "For women, arousal and desire start in the brain. Women?s sexual dysfunction often has a psychological component." Avlimil claims that it helps with all areas of sexual problems, citing a company-sponsored 3-month trial of 49 women. "Since Avlimil?s launch 2 months ago, 30,000 people have purchased it," Susan Cossman, vice president of marketing for Warner Health Care, a division of Wagner Pharmaceuticals, said. "Avlimil sales are expected to hit $10 million in 12 months."
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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