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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:  May 2015

Message from the Director

During National Women’s Health Week, I encourage you to connect the women in your community to FDA information on safe medication use, pregnancy, mammograms, and other vital health topics. Check this update for links to a variety of digital and print resources that you can use for your women’s health events and clinical services. I also encourage you to join us and the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health for a panel workshop on women in clinical trials on May 14th at the NIH campus in Bethesda. From the 2001 GAO Report to FDA’s own internal studies, we see that there has been improvement in the participation of women in studies for new drug applications – for both early and late phase trials. While we have made great strides in the inclusion of women, we also know that more can be done to help increase the participation of women from diverse backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities to participate. This workshop is just one of many opportunities for you to join us in meaningful dialogue about continuing the progress we have made in this area.
Marsha Henderson
Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health



National Women's Health Week 


Celebrate Women’s Health Week May 10-16. Throughout the week, use these FDA resources to promote healthy living for women at every stage of life.

Counterfeit Version of Botox Found in the United States


FDA is alerting health care practitioners and the public that a counterfeit version of Botox was found in the United States and may have been sold to doctors’ offices and medical clinics nationwide. The product was sold by an unlicensed supplier who is not authorized to ship or distribute drug products in the United States. The counterfeit products are considered unsafe and should not be used.

Find out how to identify the counterfeit product and report suspect Botox products to FDA. 


Risk Communication Advisory Committee Meeting: Communicating Fetal Effects for Treatment for Opioid Addiction


On June 8 and 9, 2015, the Committee will discuss approaches to communicating information about fetal effects in product labeling for methadone or buprenorphine maintenance therapy for opioid addiction, and about the maternal benefits and risks of treatment, to best enable patients and healthcare providers to make informed decisions about the use of these drugs during pregnancy. The meeting will be held at the FDA White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, MD.




New FDA Draft Guidance on Acceptance of Medical Device Clinical Data from non-U.S. Studies
This draft guidance articulates FDA’s policy of accepting scientifically valid clinical data from foreign clinical studies in support of premarket submissions for devices. The guidance describes special considerations that apply when using such data, including applicability of the data to intended patient populations within the United States and study design issues, and also provides recommendations to assist sponsors in developing data that are adequate under applicable FDA standards to support approval or clearance of the device in the United States. This guidance is not intended to announce new policy, but to describe FDA’s existing approach to this topic.

Read the Draft Guidance (PDF 648KB). 



FDA Meetings 


May 14, 2015 from 10-12 a.m.
NIH Lipsett Amphitheater, Bethesda, MD
May 27-28, 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:


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, May 2-6 – San Francisco, CA
AARP, May 14-16 – Miami, FL
National Osteoporosis Foundation, May 19-22 – Washington, DC
American College Health Association, May 26-30 – Orlando, FL
YWCA, June 4-6 – Washington, DC



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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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