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Another Women’s Libido Drug, Vyleesi, Won FDA Approval. Stock Investors Aren’t Happy.

Josh Nathan-Kazis

It has been a roller-coaster day on the market for the two companies behind Vyleesi, an injection that received Food and Drug Administration approval last week to treat low sex drive in women. The drug’s approval received significant news coverage, and much of it focused on the controversy that surrounded the other drug approved for low sex drive in women, Addyi, which has struggled on the market and drawn criticism for its potential side effects. The approval of Addyi, marketed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, drew significant attention in 2015, and led to the $1 billion acquisition of Sprout by (BHC) now (BHC) (BHC).