Testosterone Now Licensed for Women in Australia
Published: 24th November 2020
AndroFeme® 1 is a testosterone cream made by Lawley Pharmaceuticals. The testosterone in this cream is identical to the testosterone that the ovaries and adrenal glands in women produce. Levels of testosterone reduce during the perimenopause and menopause; testosterone is an important hormone for women and can improve libido as well as improve mood, energy, concentration and stamina.
Once applied the testosterone passes into the blood stream where it increases serum testosterone concentrations to normal levels in women.
The Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) has obtained approval for registration of AndroFeme® 1 for the treatment of postmenopausal women experiencing low sexual desire with associated personal distress, also known as hypoactive sexual desire dysfunction or HSDD. An estimated 1 in 3 Australian women aged 40 to 64 years experience HSDD and this is the first country in the world to have a licensed testosterone produce for women.
This means that Australian postmenopausal women will now have access to a medically prescribed, clinically effective testosterone formulation which meets the requisite quality and safety standards for registration for the management of HSDD.
For Perth-based Lawley Pharmaceuticals founder and CEO Michael Buckley, it is a decision that has been two decades in the making. “This is the first approval that addresses the need for a female-specific, regulated testosterone formulation for women.” Mr Buckley said. “It’s a ground-breaking decision for women across Australia, and hopefully in the near future, for women around the world.”
Australian specialists and researchers have for decades pioneered ground-breaking research into female sexual dysfunction and testosterone use in women. This collective of work culminated in September 2019 with the release of the Global Consensus Position Statement on the Use of Testosterone Therapy for Women (Global Position Statement) which was endorsed by almost twenty of the world’s leading medical societies and associations.
The first author of the Global Position Statement is Australian Professor Susan Davis, endocrinologist and Director of Melbourne’s Monash Women’s Health Research Program who stated
"There is irrefutable evidence that testosterone therapy, at a dose that results in premenopausal blood testosterone levels in postmenopausal women, can be highly effective for the treatment of postmenopausal women with low sexual desire and associated personal distress, or HSDD.
This is a global milestone in terms of gender equity, with the ARTG being the first regulatory agency in the world to approve a treatment for sexual dysfunction for postmenopausal women.”
Michael Buckley has advised Newson Health that “It is Lawley’s intention to examine prospects for UK and European registration of AndroFeme® 1 early in the New Year once post-Brexit arrangements are finalised.”
Mr Buckley added “There have been news reports here in Australia recently of UK-Australia free-trade discussions between our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and the UK Prime Minister, Mr Johnson. If a free trade agreement was to transpire sooner rather than later and included mutual recognition of pharmaceuticals licensed in our respective countries, it is possible that UK women may have quicker access to AndroFeme® 1.
This decision is a major step toward addressing the gender disparity in the treatment of sexual dysfunction that has existed for managing a very personal problem that is a source of significant distress for many women.”
Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was launched in 2018 by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised and holistic treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, both via remote consultations and in-person at clinics in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwickshire.
A passionate and tireless campaigner for better menopause care for all women, Dr Newson has also founded the Menopause Doctor website, The Menopause Charity, the balance app, Newson Health Research and Education and written a best-selling Haynes Manual on Menopause.
The Menopause Doctor website is a free resource providing a huge amount of unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women and healthcare professionals. The site has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library for menopause. Visit www.menopausedoctor.co.uk.
The Menopause Charity was founded in 2020, with trustees including sustainable health expert Professor Matthew Cripps and media ambassadors Davina McCall, Lorraine Kelly, Liz Earle and Meg Mathews. The charity has many exciting plans to help women and their families and colleagues with the challenges caused by the menopause, including an educational website, professionally staffed helpline and fundraising for research activities. Visit www.themenopausecharity.org.
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Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation from which all profits are invested back into the business. A Confidence in Menopause educational platform has been developed specifically for healthcare professionals and can be found at https://www.fourteenfish.com/menopause/subscribe
The Haynes Manual on Menopause is a definitive guide to help women, their partners and families cut through the plethora of misinformation and take a straightforward look at menopause. Find out more at www.newsonhealth.co.uk/resources/menopause-manual.