Addyi was approved by the FDA. Just a few weeks after it came out, some articles came out, and they pointed out that more than half a million men got a prescription for Viagra in its first month on the market in 1998 when the number of prescriptions for Addiy, the woman’s libido boosting pill, in its first few weeks was 227.
No, it wasn’t accurate, it doesn’t reflect all the data sources including specialty pharma and other. But any drug company two weeks into a launch doesn’t necessarily disclose the exact number of prescriptions. I’ll give you some hard numbers that we have disclosed. Our goal out of the gate is education. We, in fact, have to certify other health care providers or pharmacists to be able to prescribe or dispense medication. A little less than 10,000 health care providers have been approved in the first six weeks on the market. And a little under 30,000 pharmacies across the US. I think that’s indicative of the demand. They actually have to go online etc. to do that.
I think it isn’t the female Viagra, and it mustn’t be compared with Viagra. It should never be a barometer of success of this drug, should never be measured against an on-demand drug for men. Actually, the barometer of success for me is that women with a medical condition finally have a choice to make the decision for themselves when it comes to their sexual life.
Women are not on demand creatures when it comes to sex. Women when it relates to desire – it’s in the brain, a reaction, that sexual response. Addyi is an everyday drug that works on the main chemicals in the brain in the sexual balance, in the sexual response. So that’s very different than blood flow issue.
Do you have to take it every single day for the rest of your life or your sexual life? That will be dependent on where you are in a relationship, right? I think women will make that determination for themselves. But, yeah, so much time as you have this medical condition, it is a chronic drug.
It’s been very controversial for several different reasons, and one of those reasons is that diagnosing for what’s called hypoactive sexual desire disorder that’s tricky. So the definition that I found according to the NIH. Definition of hypoactive sexual desire disorder has been around since 1977. And it exists in what’s called the diagnostic and statistical manual. And the definition in the simplest form is a lack of interest in having sex that’s causing distress and is not accounted for by something else. I think one of the things that have created a lot of misunderstanding in this condition is women who don’t have this, desire ebbs and flows.