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FDA Office of Women's Health Update Archive



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The Office of Women's Health e-Update highlights women's health initiatives, meetings, and regulatory safety information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The e-Update is disseminated via email to the public.

Current Issue:  April 2015

Message from the Director

All women are not the same. While this statement seems straightforward, we don't always take the time to recognize how this diversity impacts the health experiences of women. April is Minority Health Month, and we are taking time to focus on a range of health issues affecting diverse women. In this update, we highlight an upcoming workshop that will address women and diversity in clinical research. I encourage you to join us at the meeting and to also utilize some of the other featured resources for women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. 

Marsha Henderson
Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health



Women in Clinical Trials Workshop 


NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health, along with FDA’s Office of Women’s Health, is sponsoring an interactive panel discussion during National Women’s Health Week entitled Meet the Faces of Clinical Research: Beyond Inclusion. The panel will raise awareness about the importance of women and diversity in clinical research, what it is like to be involved in a study, and ethical issues and protections surrounding participation.

The panel will be held on May 14, 2015 from 10-12 a.m. at the NIH Lipsett Amphitheater in Bethesda, MD.


Mammography Safety Notifications


Under the Mammography Quality Standards Act, the FDA requires that all mammography facilities meet certain quality standards to perform mammography. When a facility fails to meet these standards, the FDA requires the facility to notify affected patients and their referring health care providers about possible problems with the quality of their mammograms and that patients should consider having their mammogram re-evaluated at another certified facility. In addition, the FDA posts a mammography safety notification online.


Minority Health Resources


Whether you are looking for the latest product safety alerts, general medication tips or materials for a community health fair, FDA has health resources that you can use to inform and educate women from diverse cultural backgrounds.



New Consumer Update: Are Some Cosmetics Promising Too Much?


Americans spend a lot of money on creams, lotions and other cosmetics that promise to improve their skin, hair, and even eyelashes. But sometimes those promises go too far. A recent consumer update provides examples of 7 types of claims cosmetics can and can’t make.


FDA Infographics

Check out these infographics to learn more about FDA activities and product tips.


FDA Meetings 

Endocrine and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee

April 14, 2015 - FDA White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD


Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee

April 15, 2015 - FDA White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD


Public Meeting on Chagas Disease Patient-Focused Drug Development

April 28, 2015 - FDA White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD 


OWH Conference Exhibits


The Office of Women’s Health exhibits and presents at conferences across the country to increase awareness of FDA’s women’s health resources and programs. Check out an OWH exhibit booth or presentation at one of these conferences:


Women's Health 2015: 23rd Annual Congress, April 16-19 - Washington, DC

Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, April 21-23 – Palo Alto, CA

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, May 2-6 – San Francisco, CA



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Contact FDA

Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health

10903 New Hampshire Avenue


Silver Spring, MD 20993

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