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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:  September - October 2014

Message from the Director

We recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Office of Women’s Health. As with most important milestones, we used this anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on the ways FDA has helped to improve women’s health in the past and how we can help bolster current and future scientific and educational activities for women. I encourage you to check out our timeline of some of FDA’s contributions to women’s health since 1994. Also, check this update for links to current FDA activities related to breast cancer, healthy aging, clinical trials, and more.

Marsha Henderson - Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health


Submit Comments on FDASIA Section 907Action Plan 

On August 20, 2014, FDA issued a plan to enhance the collection and availability of clinical trial data on demographic subgroups – patient populations divided by sex, race/ethnicity or age. The plan includes 27 action items that are designed to meet three overarching priorities – improving the completeness and quality of demographic subgroup data collection, reporting and analysis (quality); identifying barriers to subgroup enrollment in clinical trials and employing strategies to encourage greater participation (participation); and making demographic subgroup data more available and transparent (transparency).  The public can submit comments until October 21, 2014.


Breast Cancer Month Resources

FDA is committed to supporting quality mammography and making effective treatments available for those living with breast cancer. During October, look to FDA for breast health resources. Our mammography webpage has links to fact sheets, alerts, and other helpful tips. The Pink Ribbon Sunday Mammography Awareness Program offers a planning guide and free materials to help community leaders educate women about mammography. FDA’s Office of Minority Health and Patient Network provide information on ways women can participate in research on breast cancer treatments and other health conditions. Lastly, the Mammography Standards Act Program works to ensure that mammography facilities provide safe, reliable services.


OWH Healthy Aging Action Kit

In recognition of Healthy Aging Month, the Office of Women’s Health is offering a Healthy Aging Action Kit. The kit includes easy-to-read materials on common health issues older women face. It also includes a medicine record keeper and tips for safe medication use.



Get the Facts about Decorative Contact Lenses

Wearing any kind of contact lenses, including decorative ones, can cause serious damage to your eyes if the lenses are not used correctly. Before you get ‘Halloween contacts’ or other decorative contacts, check these FDA resources for important safety tips.


Report Product Problems to FDA's MedWatch

FDA has a new consumer-friendly form for reporting adverse events and other serious safety problems with a medicine, medical device, or food product.


FDA Meetings


OWH Conference Exhibits

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – September 4-5, Washington, DC

  • Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health – October 15-17, Savannah, GA

  • North American Menopause Society - October 16-17, 2014, Washington, DC 



Past OWH e-Update Issues


Contact FDA

Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health

10903 New Hampshire Avenue


Silver Spring, MD 20993

Page Last Updated: 09/29/2014
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