PHILADELPHIA – Despite the slow start that flibanserin had since being approved to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women in 2015, more drugs are in the pipeline to help women address low desire.
One drug – bremelanotide – has completed phase 3 trials and could be considered by the Food and Drug Administration as early as 2018, Sheryl A. Kingsberg, PhD, said during an interview at the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society.
Bremelanotide is a first-in-class melanocortin receptor 4 agonist being developed for premenopausal women to use on an as-needed basis and is delivered using a single-dose, auto injector.
Another drug, prasterone, is also being studied to treat HSDD. The intravaginal DHEA treatment is already approved to treat dyspareunia due to vulvovaginal atrophy in menopause. The manufacturer is beginning phase 3 trials for HSDD in postmenopausal women, said Dr. Kingsberg, who is chief of the division of behavioral medicine at MacDonald Women’s Hospital/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and the president of NAMS.
Additional drugs are in earlier stages of development for HSDD. While flibanserin hasn’t been a blockbuster drug, its approval by the FDA paved the way for additional drug development in this area, Dr. Kingsberg said.
Dr. Kingsberg reported consultant/advisory board work for Amag Pharmaceuticals, Duchesnay, Emotional Brain, EndoCeutics, Materna Medical, Palatin Technologies, Pfizer, Shionogi, TherapeuticsMD, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, and Viveve. She is on the speakers bureau for Valeant Pharmaceuticals and owns stock in Viveve.