Big Pharma, Women, and the Labour of Love by Thea Cacchioni

By Thea Cacchioni

In 2010, Thea Cacchioni testified earlier than the U.S. meals and Drug management opposed to flibanserin, a drug proposed to regard low sexual wish in ladies, dubbed by way of the media the “pink Viagra.” She used to be one of the lecturers and activists sounding the alarm in regards to the loss of technological know-how in the back of the quest for probably profitable woman sexual enhancement drugs.
In her e-book, massive Pharma, girls, and the Labour of affection, Cacchioni strikes past the hunt for a sexual pharmaceutical drug for girls to invite a broader query: how does the medicalization of girl sexuality already have an effect on women’s lives? utilizing in-depth interviews with medical professionals, sufferers, therapists, and different scientific practitioners, Cacchioni indicates that, regardless of the way forward for the “pink Viagra,” heterosexual girls usually now think anticipated to tackle the activity of dealing with their and their partners’ sexual wishes. Their look for sexual excitement could be a “labour of love,” paintings that's relaxing for a few yet a chore for others.
An unique and insightful tackle the weight of straight norms in an period of obligatory sexuality, Cacchioni’s research should still open up a wide-ranging dialogue in regards to the actual effect of the medicalization of sexuality.

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By Thea Cacchioni

In 2010, Thea Cacchioni testified earlier than the U.S. meals and Drug management opposed to flibanserin, a drug proposed to regard low sexual wish in ladies, dubbed by way of the media the “pink Viagra.” She used to be one of the lecturers and activists sounding the alarm in regards to the loss of technological know-how in the back of the quest for probably profitable woman sexual enhancement drugs.
In her e-book, massive Pharma, girls, and the Labour of affection, Cacchioni strikes past the hunt for a sexual pharmaceutical drug for girls to invite a broader query: how does the medicalization of girl sexuality already have an effect on women’s lives? utilizing in-depth interviews with medical professionals, sufferers, therapists, and different scientific practitioners, Cacchioni indicates that, regardless of the way forward for the “pink Viagra,” heterosexual girls usually now think anticipated to tackle the activity of dealing with their and their partners’ sexual wishes. Their look for sexual excitement could be a “labour of love,” paintings that's relaxing for a few yet a chore for others.
An unique and insightful tackle the weight of straight norms in an period of obligatory sexuality, Cacchioni’s research should still open up a wide-ranging dialogue in regards to the actual effect of the medicalization of sexuality.

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The site even offers to email the results to visitors, who then can print them and bring them to their next doctor’s appointment. ” 26 Big Pharma, Women, and the Labour of Love Meanwhile, despite such competition, Pfizer’s Viagra remains the top-grossing and best-known sexual pharmaceutical on the market. Eventually, however, the expiration of Pfizer’s patent will leave the company vulnerable to competition from generic manufacturers that could offer the same substance at a lower price. Indeed, Teva Pharmaceuticals managed some years ago to gain tentative approval from the FDA to market a generic version of Viagra, but in March 2010 Pfizer sued Teva for patent infringement.

209). Dr Michael Krychman, another of BI’s paid researchers, was invited on to Laura Berman’s radio talk show to speak about the drug, and gave a rather vague explanation of how it worked: “The main mechanism still remains to be elucidated, but the nature of the drug, what we know about it, is that it really acts centrally in the brain” (Berman, 2010a). As I and other critics prepared to testify against Flibanserin at FDA approval hearings (see Cacchioni, 2010), it was clear to us that there was little evidence to support the notion that Flibanserin was indeed a life-changing product.

Health Canada and Australian authorities have also approved clinical trials of the drug. ”7 During 36 Big Pharma, Women, and the Labour of Love a 21 November 2012 interview for the CBC Radio show The Current, when the Australian lead investigator, Dr Susan Davis, was asked about the safety of testosterone drugs as raised in the Intrinsa trial, she claimed there were “no androgen side effects” associated with Tefina, even though the clinical trials were hardly under way. Of critics and sceptics, she stated, “It is a sexist and inappropriate concept to say it’s not an appropriate drug for women … [M]aybe they [the critics] have a problem.

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