Liz Canner talks about her documentary, "Orgasm Inc.," which explores the science of female pleasure, and reveals the ways the pharmaceutical and medical industries might be trying to take advantage of women in pursuit of profit in their search for a female Viagra. "Orgasm, Inc." opens at the Quad Cinema on February 11.
Since Viagra hit the market in the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies have been racing to come up with an equivalent drug for women. And one German pharmaceutical company is hoping to win the race. Boehringer Ingelheim, a large German drug company, will go before the Food and Drug Administration today in hopes of gaining approval for a new pill they believe can increase the female libido. Citing hypoactive sexual desire, the company says their female version of that magic blue pill, can cure women of that disorder.
An FDA staff report on Wednesday argued against approval of the drug, saying it has not sufficiently proven to be successful. And many doctors say drug companies are creating pills for a disorder that does not exist.