Facebook with Latestnigeriannews  Twieet with latestnigeriannews  RSS Page Feed
Home  |  All Headlines  |  Punch  |  Thisday  |  Daily Sun  |  Vanguard   |  Guardian  |  The Nation  |  Daily Times  |  Daily Trust  |  Daily Independent
World  |  Sports  |  Technology  |  Entertainment  |  Business  |  Politics  |  Tribune  |  Leadership  |  National Mirror  |  BusinessDay  |  More Channels...

Viewing Mode:


  1.     Tool Tips    
  2.    Collapsible   
  3.    Collapsed     
Click to view all Entertainment headlines today

Click to view all Sports headlines today

That was quick: The maker of the first approved women's libido drug was just acquired for $1 billion

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 20 Aug 2015

The company that just won approval for a little pink pill that's been called "female Viagra" also just got a huge bump in funding.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. said on Thursday it would buy Sprout Pharmaceuticals, whose drug flibanserin (Addyi) became the first approved treatment for low sexual desire in women, for about $1 billion withmilestone payments.The drug treats a condition calledhypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), which can cause chronic low desires to have sex in women. Addyi is a non-hormonal treatment that sendschemicals tothe brain in the hopes of increasing sexual desire for women.Sprout Pharmaceuticals is basedin Raleigh, North Carolina and currently employs 34 people. It's been banking on Addyi as its main drug, and with that getting approval, the company needs this boost in funding to expand its operations.Sprout's controversial pink libido pill was approved on Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for pre-menopausal women, after being rejected twice over concerns about its effectiveness and side-effects.Addyi, popularly known as the "female Viagra", comes withstrong warnings about potentially dangerous low blood pressure and fainting, especially when taken with alcohol. This has raised some questionsabout how it will do when it becomes commercially available.Raghuram Selvaraju, managing director of brokerage H.C. Wainwright & Co, has estimated peak sales of $100 million a year for Addyi. Viagra - a "blockbuster" in drug industry parlance - generated sales of about $1.7 billion in 2014.There are also concerns that the FDA was pressured into approving Addyi, given that Viagra - the first treatment for male sexual dysfunction - was approved more than a decade ago.Unlike Pfizer Inc's Viagra, which affects blood flow to the genitals, Addyi is meant to activate sexual impulses in the brain.Sprout was co-founded in 2011 by husband and wife Cindy and Robert Whitehead.The couple had previously sold another small drugmaker they founded, Slate Pharmaceuticals, which had received repeated warnings from the FDA about its marketing tactics.Slate marketed an implantable testosterone pellet for men with low levels of the male sexual hormone, called Testopel.Valeant, which has grown rapidly through acquisitions, said it would pay $500 million upfront and make another installment next year for privately owned Sprout.The Canadian company said it expected the deal to close in the third quarter of 2015. After its approval, Sprout estimated that Addyi would be available in the US by October 17, and Valeant says they have a similar timeline of getting the drug available by fourth quarter 2015.Reuters reporting by Natalie Grover, additional reporting by Supriya Kurane and Ankur Banerjee; Editing by Kirti Pandey andTed KerrCHECK OUT:The FDA just approved a drug people are wrongly calling 'female Viagra'RELATED:Everything women should know about the first FDA approved drug to boost female sex driveJoin the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Amy Schumer may be a big deal ' but she still lives in a walk-up
Click here to read full news..

All Channels Nigerian Dailies: Punch  |  Vanguard   |  The Nation  |  Thisday  |  Daily Sun  |  Guardian  |  Daily Times  |  Daily Trust  |  Daily Independent  |   The Herald  |  Tribune  |  Leadership  |  National Mirror  |  BusinessDay  |  New Telegraph  |  Peoples Daily  |  Blueprint  |  Nigerian Pilot  |  Sahara Reporters  |  Premium Times  |  The Cable  |  PM News  |  APO Africa Newsroom

Categories Today: World  |  Sports  |  Technology  |  Entertainment  |  Business  |  Politics  |  Columns  |  All Headlines Today

Entertainment (Local): Linda Ikeji  |  Bella Naija  |  Tori  |  Pulse  |  The NET  |  DailyPost  |  Information Nigeria  |  Gistlover  |  Lailas Blog  |  Miss Petite  |  Olufamous  |  Stella Dimoko Korkus Blog  |  Ynaija  |  All Entertainment News Today

Entertainment (World): TMZ  |  Daily Mail  |  Huffington Post

Sports: Goal  |  African Football  |  Bleacher Report  |  FTBpro  |  Kickoff  |  All Sports Headlines Today

Business & Finance: Nairametrics  |  Nigerian Tenders  |  Business Insider  |  Forbes  |  Entrepreneur  |  The Economist  |  BusinessTech  |  Financial Watch  |  BusinessDay  |  All Business News Headlines Today

Technology (Local): Techpoint  |  TechMoran  |  TechCity  |  Innovation Village  |  IT News Africa  |  Technology Times  |  Technext  |  Techcabal  |  All Technology News Headlines Today

Technology (World): Techcrunch  |  Techmeme  |  Slashdot  |  Wired  |  Hackers News  |  Engadget  |  Pocket Lint  |  The Verge

International Networks:   |  CNN  |  BBC  |  Al Jazeera  |  Yahoo

Forum:   |  Nairaland  |  Naij

Other Links: Home   |  Nigerian Jobs