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SC Men Who Want Viagra May Need Note (and Patience)

Just like women who want to get an abortion, bill sponsor says

(Newser) - If women have to wait 24 hours in South Carolina to get an abortion, men should have to do the same before they can get Viagra or other drugs to help them have sex, according to a tongue-in-cheek proposal discussed Wednesday. Lawmakers cracked jokes about the bill, but sponsor Rep.... More »

Generic Viagra Is Coming to the US

It's expected to cut into Pfizer's $1.7B per year Viagra profits

(Newser) - Good news for frugal guys with erection troubles: America will soon be up to its eyeballs in generic Viagra. CBS News reports the FDA approved the first generic version of the impotence drug, known as sildenafil citrate, on Wednesday. Israel's Teva, the world's largest maker of generic drugs,... More »

Kentucky Bill Would Require Note From Wife to Get Viagra

'This is about family values,' says cheeky Rep. Mary Lou Marzian

(Newser) - If a bill introduced in Kentucky this week becomes law, men seeking Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs would be required to get a signed note from their wife and swear on a Bible they would only use the drugs during sex with their spouse, the Courier-Journal reports. The men... More »

Bill Would Make Men Wait 24 Hours for Viagra

SC pol wants to make it as tough to get ED meds as it is to get abortion

(Newser) - "I purposely tried to make it as invasive, as intrusive, as hypocritical and unnecessary as possible to make the point." This from South Carolina Rep. Mia McLeod, who pre-filed legislation Thursday designed to drive a point home about women's reproductive rights. To wit: She's attempting to... More »

Why Americans Are Poaching Wild Ginseng

It grows mostly in Appalachian and Ozark public parks, and 95% goes to Asia

(Newser) - A federal judge earlier this month sentenced a North Carolina man to six months in jail. The crime? Illegally possessing more than 500 ginseng roots he harvested in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times . He's far from the only domestic ginseng poacher: By New York... More »

Drug to Raise Women's Sex Drive Gets Go-Ahead

FDA advisory panel approves 'pink Viagra'

(Newser) - The drug nicknamed "pink Viagra" just cleared a major regulatory hurdle. An FDA advisory panel today gave the green light to flibanserin, a drug designed to increase the sex drive of women with low libido, reports the Los Angeles Times . The same panel rejected the drug twice previously. Today'... More »

Could Blue Light Help Men 'Get It Up'?

Study: Rats injected with DNA and exposed to blue light got erections

(Newser) - While Viagra is the most popular erectile dysfunction treatment in the world—and there are an estimated 150 million men globally suffering from the disorder—it only strengthens an existing erection and cannot actually instigate one. Another potential treatment is in the works that doesn't incorporate drugs at all:... More »

Newest Knights: 'Mad Prof,' 'Father of Viagra'

Pair of chemists, including scientist who 'laid the seed' for ED drug, honored

(Newser) - Move over, Walter White. Two chemists—one known as the "father of Viagra" and the other known as the "Mad Prof" of YouTube—have been knighted to kick off the new year, the BBC reports. Simon Campbell kick-started research on the erectile dysfunction drug during his 26-year tenure... More »

New Viagra Ad Geared Toward the Ladies

Pfizer hopes commercial will get women talking about erectile dysfunction

(Newser) - At first glance, the new Viagra ad —featuring a comely, middle-aged blonde lounging on a bed with the ocean in the background—might appear to be strictly geared toward men. But Pfizer, the drug's manufacturer, specifically designed the commercial to target women, hoping that by showing a woman... More »

Cialis Maker Wants to Sell It Over the Counter

Eli Lilly seeks change for impotence drug

(Newser) - Cialis is already the world's best-selling impotence drug, and its makers hope to significantly ramp up sales by making it available over the counter, reports Reuters . Eli Lilly has struck a deal with French drug-maker Sanofi to sell a non-prescription version, assuming they first win the permission of health... More »

Can 'Female Viagra' Save Monogamy?

New drugs aim to increase female desire in long-term relationships

(Newser) - Men and women in new relationships generally share equal levels of lust for each other. But as the relationship goes on, for reasons scientists don't fully understand, a woman's desire tends to dive dramatically, while a man's does not. Naturally, the pharmaceutical industry would like to solve... More »

Bashful? Now You Can Buy Viagra Online

Pfizer will even give you 30% off

(Newser) - Pfizer Inc., in a first for the drug industry, tells the AP that the drugmaker will begin selling its popular erectile dysfunction pill Viagra directly to patients on its website. Men still will need a prescription to buy the blue, diamond-shaped pill on viagra.com, but they no longer have... More »

Viagra's Hidden Uses: Diet Pill, Cancer Fighter?

In mice, drug shows potential beyond ED

(Newser) - Viagra may have a future well beyond erectile dysfunction. Someday, we could perhaps see it prescribed for weight loss—or even to combat cancer, in combination with green tea. Scientists know that mice have lower rates of obesity, despite fatty diets, when they're on the drug. Now, researchers in... More »

Look Out, Viagra: Testosterone Drugs Gain Popularity

But doctors worry they'll be dangerously overused

(Newser) - New drugs designed in part to save the sex lives of aging men could become the biggest thing since Viagra, reports Bloomberg . The problem is that the testosterone boosters from Eli Lilly and Abbott are becoming so popular that doctors worry men who don't need them for strictly medical... More »

FDA OKs Viagra Rival: It Works Twice as Fast

Maker Vivus says Stendra provides erections in 15 minutes

(Newser) - Viagra just got some more competition: The FDA today approved the drug Stendra, which promises to provide an erection in 15 minutes, roughly twice as fast as the minimum wait time for Viagra, reports Bloomberg . Its analysts expect Vivus to pull in nearly $70 million in sales next year. By... More »

6 Female Politicians Go After Male Masturbation, Viagra

Bills in 6 states attempt to squeeze male reproductive rights

(Newser) - Female politicians in four other states are joining Ohio and Georgia representatives in a bid to crack down on men's sexual and reproductive freedoms, including access to Viagra and vasectomies. It's their way of striking back against restrictive state abortion laws and attacks on health insurance coverage for... More »

Need Viagra? Ohio Pol Wants Notarized Letter

...from your sex partner, attesting to your impotency

(Newser) - It's certainly not the first bill to be presented as a foil to the abortion- and contraception-related bills coursing through America's legislatures, but it is an amusing one. Ohio Democrat Nina Turner last week introduced Senate Bill 307, which would make getting Viagra a pretty big ordeal. A... More »

Doc: Are We Paying for Limbaugh's Viagra?

Are health insurance consumers paying Rush to have sex?

(Newser) - If Rush Limbaugh doesn't want to absorb some of the cost of female contraception as a health insurance consumer, others are wondering: Why should we pay for Limbaugh's Viagra? "We know" Limbaugh "has used Viagra, which is covered by medical insurance plans," Dr. Nancy Snyderman... More »

Saudi King Was Popping Viagra at 92

And he's 10 years older than we thought: WikiLeaks telegram

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia’s king isn’t letting age slow him down—even if he’s a decade older than the US thought he was. Even at 92, he hadn’t given up on romance, though he needed a little boost from Viagra, a WikiLeaks release shows. The US State Department... More »

Outkast's Big Boi Busted With Ecstasy, Viagra

Border Patrol nabs rapper on cruise ship

(Newser) - Outkast rapper Antwan “Big Boi” Patton was arrested while getting off a cruise ship today in Miami, after border patrol dogs caught him allegedly carrying drugs, law enforcement sources tell TMZ . He was charged with three counts of drug possession and one count of drug paraphernalia possession, all felonies.... More »

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