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Office of Women's Health February 2014 e-Update

 

 

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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

 

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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.

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.

 

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 Update Extras

 

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.

 

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.

 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.

 

Contact FDA

301-796-9440
Fax:301-847-8604
Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health

10903 New Hampshire Avenue

WO32-2333

Silver Spring, MD 20993