Office of Women's Health February 2014 e-Update
Message from the Director
As we celebrate National Wear Red Day, I encourage you to look to FDA for educational and scientific resources on women and heart disease. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women. FDA is committed to educating consumers on how to safely use the medicines, devices, and foods essential for women’s heart health. We are also supporting regulatory research to better understand sex-based differences that impact products used to diagnose and treat heart disease. To learn more about these efforts, check out the resources and activities highlighted in this update.
Marsha Henderson - Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health
Promote Heart Health for Women
February is American Heart Month. Help the women in your network learn how to prevent heart disease and manage their heart-related health problems. Use these FDA resources throughout the month.
- Visit our updated Heart Health for Women webpage
- Order a free healthy heart publications package
- View a summary of OWH-funded research on heart disease in women
- Get Cardiovascular Medicine and Device Information
Help Women Keep Track of their Medicines
OWH has partnered with the Script Your Future Campaign to distribute materials patients and caregivers can use to keep track of their medications. The promotion offers free bulk copies of a medicine record keeper, wallet card, and brochure with tips on talking to a pharmacist.
Follow FDA on Pinterest
FDA is now on Pinterest! Follow our women’s health board for tips on safe medication use, pregnancy, cosmetics, food safety and more. Share our pins to spread reliable women’s health resources and inspire others to live a happier, healthier life.
Updated FDA Requirements for Infant Formula
FDA published an interim final rule which sets standards for manufacturers to produce safe infant formula. The rule, in part, will ensure that infant formula contains all federally required nutrients. The interim final rule also establishes current good manufacturing practices specifically designed for infant formula. Companies currently manufacturing infant formula in the United States already voluntarily conduct many of the current good manufacturing practices and quality control procedures included in the interim final rule.
- Infant Formula Interim Final Rule and Guidance Documents
- Consumer Information on Infant Formula
- After the interim final rule is published in the federal register, public comments will be accepted for 45 days at: http://www.regulations.gov/ (Docket Number FDA-1995-N-0036).
FDA’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Campaign
FDA launched a new campaign “The Real Cost” to educate at-risk youth about the harmful effects of tobacco use. The campaign targets youth aged 12-17. Use these resources to educate the young women in your networks about the risks associated with smoking.
- Encourage teens to visit “The Real Cost” website
- Download “The Real Cost” Campaign Materials
- Share sample tweets and Facebook posts to promote “The Real Cost”
Advisory Committee Membership Nomination Portal
FDA launched an online, interactive system that allows interested individuals to submit nominations for membership to any of the agency’s 33 advisory committees. Advisory committees provide the FDA with independent, expert advice on a range of complex scientific, technical, and policy issues.
- View Current Vacancies on FDA Advisory Committees
- Submit an Advisory Committee Nomination using the Portal