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Premature Ejaculation: Next Sexual Dysfunction Drug Category

By December 12, 2009

Thanks to Jacob Goldstein at the Wall Street Journal Health Blog for a heads up on Sciele Pharma's efforts to build buzz, AKA "awareness" of its new premature ejaculation drug, PSD502, which is not yet available for market.

Sciele's PSD502 is a spray that contains 7.5mg of lidocaine and 2.5mg of prilocaine, and it is used 5 minutes before intercourse. Sciele expects to file for FDA approval in the spring.

Goldstein met them when they visited with the WSJ Health Blog and reports that they are presenting at meetings globally, talking to journalists at newspapers and magazines, and have created a website for bloggers.

Sciele's press release states that approximately "one-third of men ages 18-59 suffer from premature ejaculation, making it more prevalent than erectile dysfunction." Wow.

Also discussed in Sciele's press release is an evidence-based definition of premature ejaculation established by the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM). In 2008, the ISSM characterized the condition as "ejaculation which occurs prior to or within one minute of vaginal penetration; and inability to delay ejaculation on all or nearly all vaginal penetrations; and negative personal consequences, such as distress, bother, frustration, and/or the avoidance of sexual intimacy."

Could this be the next blockbuster sexual dysfunction drug? I wonder.

Comments
December 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm
(1) Joyce says:

Will women want lidocaine in their vaginas? That might make them wish their guys would ejaculate prematurely.

Sex therapists have techniques that have been successful for PE for years. Since many are done with a partner, the exercises have the potential to create a more satisfying bond too.

December 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm
(2) Deek says:

I don’t know about that figure that 1/3rd of men experience premature ejaculation. My guess is that all men have p.e. at some point during their lives, but I don’t know how many have long-term concerns about it. Of course, some of the guys who buy this will be doing so to prolong sex before ejaculation – whether or not the normal time is related to p.e.

December 16, 2009 at 3:25 am
(3) francesca says:

Ahhh…to be numb again. How about adding topical Prozac to the list of possible treatments? Have I planted a seed? Not a moment too soon.

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