Is it possible that all of this sexual dysfunction is just covering up the fact that we don’t know how to please each other sexually? After all sex therapists estimate that around 80% of the problems they see are due to body image issues, abuse, relationships problems or the mere fact that men and women don’t know enough about their bodies to provide the sexual stimulation. So do we need drugs and surgeries or do we need better sex education? Are pharmaceutical companies out there trying to improve our enjoyment of sex or are they seem dollar sign? So how much money is there really to be made?
In 1998 the New York Times reported that Pfizer saw a 38% profit increase with the release of Viagra. In the four short months following the release of Viagra onto the market, Pfizer reported 2.7 million prescriptions and 411 million dollars in sales.
Furthermore, Ptocter&Gamble launched a 100 million dollar marketing campaign for their testosterone patch Intrinsa, which was intended to treat female sexual dysfunction. They started this campaign before the drug had even gotten FDA approval because they estimated that they would see a 1 billion dollar profit from selling that new patch. It turned out through that the FDA did not approve Intrinsa due to concerns about long-term health effect and other health risks.
Laura and Jennifer Berman received up to 75,000 dollars per day from pharmaceutical companies for going on to talk shows and new shows to talk about female sexual dysfunction and to promote different pharmaceutical treatments. Laura and Jennifer even endorsed the use of Viagra in women. After it was shown not to have positive effects and also to have negative health effects. So it just leaves me wondering these woman is working for us, women, who are trying to get more enjoyment out of sex are they working for the pharmaceutical companies?
After all the pharmaceutical industry is the third wealthiest industry in the world following oil production and network communication. So while some drugs and female sex enhancement medications have saved people’s lives, I can’t help, but wonder is it really out health that is their primary interest or is it their bottom line?
It leaves me wondering if out doctors in it for improving our health, improving out sexual enjoyment or are they in it for helping the pharmaceutical companies.