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Twelve years after Viagra hit the market, the Food and Drug Association is considering a similar pill for women. But experts question - will it work?

Up to 40 percent of women are believed to suffer from sexual dysfunction. But 'fixing' that problem is more complicated than fixing it in men.

"This is being dubbed the "little pink pill," if you will," said NBC Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman.

The drug is Flibanserin. It's an anti-depressant, like Prozac. It boosts serotonin, which affects mood and sexual desire.

"It's much more subtle, perhaps, targeting the right organ -- that is the brain for the female," said FDA Advisory Panel member Dr. James Liu.

Unlike men, the problem in women isn't just physical.

"Because it's more complicated, some OB/GYNs are saying it can't just be a pill," said Snyderman. "Perhaps this is too simple."

The manufacturer says, it's time.

"There is an unmet medical need for women who are suffering from this condition," said Dr. Peter Piliero of Boehringer Ingelheim.

On the street, men and women say it's past time.

"I thought we had one!" said one person.

"I think it'd be great. Give them a chance to be challenged," said another.

"These things haven't run enough tests," added a third person. "I would be very reluctant."

FDA staff recommend against it, saying test results are not particularly compelling. They cite side effects like depression, fainting, dizziness, nausea and fatigue.

Some women say they're willing to take a chance.

"I'm a post-menopausal woman, and I need a boost," one woman said.

The advisory committee won't make the final decision. If approved, the drug could be on the market by the end of this year.

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