Viagra shown useful for female pulmonary hypertension

10/28/2004 | NYTimes.com

Viagra may have a use for women as well as men, according to a new study of Pfizer's popular drug for correcting erectile dysfunction. At a physicians meeting, the lead researcher said Viagra has shown promise in trials as a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension, a problem that afflicts women more than men. Pfizer, the maker of the pill, said it would sell the pulmonary version as another type of pill, but had not decided when to seek approval for that indication. The head of a biotech company engaged in research on pulmonary arterial hypertension said the results are "good enough to bring Pfizer into the game with their marketing muscle," but "not good enough to sink the rest of the products."

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