Drugs: For a Female Complaint

After the narrow escape from the thalidomide disaster last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been understandably cautious about approving any new drug. But last week U.S. doctors were putting unprecedented pressure on FDA to approve Flagyl, a new drug that is the most potent remedy to date for a common female complaint.

The white vaginal discharge, leucorrhea, is sometimes caused by infection with bacteria, and when it is, the familiar wonder drugs will usually cure it. But the most common cause is a tiny parasite, the protozoan Trichomonas vaginalis,...

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