As we celebrate National Women’s Health Week, I encourage you to look to FDA for women’s health resources. FDA is an active partner in helping you to understand, diagnose and treat the health problems that affect women. Whether we are approving new products, inspecting manufacturers, drafting safety alerts, conducting research, or educating consumers, the dedicated professionals at FDA strive each day to protect and promote the health of women and their families. To learn more about these efforts, check out the resources and activities highlighted in this update. Also, visit the FDA for Women website for links to other helpful tips, and safety information.
Marsha Henderson, M.C.R.P. Director FDA Office of Women’s Health
Women's Health highlights
Resources for Pregnant Women and New Moms
FDA has new resources to help pregnant women and new mothers make good choices about the medicines, foods and other products that are safe for them and their babies. These resources include:
Free medication safety fact sheets, post cards and brochures, available for bulk order
Help start a dialogue by sharing these resources with your networks.
Join a Pregnancy Twitter Chat on Thursday, May 16
OWH and text4baby will hold a Twitter chat with MotherToBaby, a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists.The chat will discuss resources for moms during pregnancy and up to baby’s first birthday.
Knowing the truth about mammography could help save a woman’s life. OWH released a new infographic to help women separate fact from fiction and better understand the procedure. The graphic highlights mammography myths, facts, and information to know prior to a mammogram.
FDA Advises Against Use of Valproate Anti-seizure Medications by Pregnant Women For Migraine Prevention
FDA is advising health care professionals and women that the anti-seizure medication valproate sodium should not be taken by pregnant women for the prevention of migraine headaches. There is evidence that these medications can cause decreased IQ scores in children whose mothers took them while pregnant. Women who are planning to become pregnant or are pregnant and taking a valproate product should talk to their health care professional right away. Women should not stop taking valproate products without talking to their health care professional.
Valproate products include: valproate sodium (Depacon), divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakote CP, and Depakote ER), valproic acid (Depakene and Stavzor), and their generics.
Plan B One-Step Approved for Use by Women 15 Years and Older
On April 30, FDA approved Plan B One-Step (active ingredient levonorgestrel) for use without a prescription by women 15 years of age and older. Plan B One-Step is an emergency contraceptive intended to reduce the possibility of pregnancy following unprotected sexual intercourse. Plan B One-Step will be packaged with a product code prompting a cashier to request and verify the customer’s age. A customer who cannot provide age verification will not be able to purchase the product.
FDA recently launched the Patient Network website, which helps people find reliable information about medical products and their approvals, clinical trials and other treatment options. The website also includes links to FDA public meetings and information on how to become a FDA Patient Representative.
OWH recently awarded grants for 11 new women’s health research projects by FDA scientists. The projects will address mechanical causes of hip implant failures in women, MRI safety testing of breast tissue expanders, among other issues. OWH funds scientific research that can be used to facilitate regulatory decision-making and advance the understanding of sex differences.
A recent article in the American Heart Journal summarizes the key safety issues related to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) which is used to treat narrowed arteries in the heart. Women have higher rates of bleeding than men after PCI, and female sex independently predicts bleeding and death after PCI. Leaders from OWH, other government agencies, academia, professional societies, and industry met to examine approaches for improving the overall safety of PCI. The meetings called TransRadial Education and Therapeutics (TREAT) resulted in the SAFE-PCI for Women trial which will compare the efficacy and feasibility of two approaches to PCI in women.
Article Citation: Hess CN et al., TransRadial Education And Therapeutics (TREAT): Shifting the balance of safety and efficacy of antithrombotic agents in percutaneous coronary intervention: A report from the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium. Am Heart J. 2013 Mar; 165(3):344-353
FDA Advisory Committee Meeting
Joint Meeting of the Endocrinilogic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee
June 5-6, 2013 – FDA White Oak Campus
On both days, the committees will discuss the results of an independent readjudication of the Rosiglitazone Evaluated for Cardiovascular Outcomes and Regulation of Glycemia in Diabetes (RECORD) trial. Rosiglitazone (AVANDIA) is used as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012/ Regulatory Science Initiatives
June 21, 2013 – FDA White Oak Campus
FDA will be holding a public meeting to provide an overview of the current regulatory science initiatives for generic drugs and to solicit public input on research priorities in this area. FDA will take the information it obtains from the public meeting into account in developing the 2014 Regulatory Science Plan.
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