The NWHN Advises Women to Be Cautious About Using Flibanserin Until New Studies Are Fully Vetted

The following statement can be attributed to Cynthia A. Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network.

Washington D.C. -- Women should not use flibanserin or any drug unless they have sufficient information to weigh benefits against risks. Sprout Pharmaceuticals’ new alcohol studies should be reviewed with a healthy skepticism, until they have been vetted by the FDA’s medical reviewers. It is common practice for company-sponsored studies to be presented in the best light possible at professional meetings. Consumers rely on peer-reviewed medical journals and FDA scrutiny for reliable information. These studies were required by the FDA as a condition of approval. Until the FDA finishes reviewing the studies, Sprout’s conclusions should be viewed with caution. We believe that women should either avoid flibanserin, or if using it, avoid alcohol completely, as the FDA black box warning states.

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Cindy Pearson was the NWHN’s Executive Director from 1996 to 2021. One of the nation's leading advocates for women's health, Cindy often testified before Congress,  NIH and the FDA and was frequently featured in the news as a consumer expert on women’s health issues. When she retired, Cindy received a Congressional Resolution in honor of her outstanding contributions to the health of women and girls.

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