Hypoactive sexual desire disorder: inventing a disease to sell low libido

  title={Hypoactive sexual desire disorder: inventing a disease to sell low libido},
  author={Antonie Meixel and Elena Yanchar and Adriane Fugh-Berman},
  journal={Journal of Medical Ethics},
  pages={859 - 862}
Condition branding is a marketing technique in which companies develop conditions concurrently with developing drugs; examples include gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, social anxiety disorder, erectile dysfunction and hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Although it is illegal for pharmaceutical companies to market drugs prior to regulatory approval, there are no restrictions on marketing diseases, and industry seeks to establish a disease state in the minds of… 

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