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The future and more from Richard Sprague

Posted by sprague on November 26, 2005

Barron’s Online – Plugged In: “Palatin’s claim to future fame rests on a single, as yet unnamed drug, PT-141, an aerosol treatment for sexual dysfunction that could be approved by the FDA by early 2009. Unlike Pfizer’s (PFE) Viagra, Glaxo SmithKline’s (GSK) Levitra and Eli Lilly’s (LLY) Cialis, all of which target the vascular system in men, PT-141 works through the central nervous system, which means it probably will not be contra-indicated for men with high blood pressure or heart problems. But what really excites Semon and others, though they all stress it’s a big gamble, is PT-141’s apparent success in correcting female sexual dysfunction, a huge but hitherto totally untreated market.

‘The first real, honest-to-God, horny-making, body-shaking, equal-opportunity aphrodisiac,’ blared New York Magazine in a recent article. The story went on to quote women who said that, as soon as 15 minutes after sniffing the odorless PT-141 through an inhaler, they felt ‘genital warmth, tingling and throbbing,’ not to mention ‘a strong desire to have sex.'”

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