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Viagra for Kids

Pfizer's drug Viagra, in addition to addressing erectile dysfunction among men, may be an effective treatment for a rare lung disorder that afflicts some children. So the pharmaceutical company may offer a version of it for kids:

Viagra, which modifies blood flows, could reduce unusually high blood pressure in a child's lungs, or pulmonary arterial hypertension. Symptoms include dizziness, chest pain and fatigue.

A panel of FDA advisers will determine on Thursday whether to green light the kid's version.[...]

The FDA began asking Pfizer in 2001 to develop ways to use Viagra to treat children suffering from the lung ailment, but the pool of just 600 patients offered limited revenue opportunities.

Doctors who have been using the drug on children say it is well-tolerated and doesn't have as many side effects as other treatments.


Link via Ace of Spades HQ | Photo: US Department of Health and Human Services

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