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FDA Office of Women's Health Update Archive

 The words Women's Health Alert

 

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 2017

Message from the Director

 
The Office of Women's Health welcomes Dr. Scott Gottlieb as the 23rd Commissioner of Food and Drugs. Dr. Gottlieb has a history of commitment to public health and safety. We look forward to supporting his leadership.
 
This week is National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). It is a time for us to reflect on the health advances that have positively affected the lives of women. Many women have a better quality of life and FDA-regulated products have contributed to this progress. FDA scientific research, workshops, and training have built a foundation that helps to promote the safety, effectiveness, and quality of products used by women. FDA has also helped to make progress in the participation of women in clinical trials and in the transparency of clinical trials data. Lastly, we have been trailblazers in providing women with plain language health materials and digital resources. We have made an impact, but there is still more work to be done.
 
Throughout the week, please look to us as we highlight research and educational projects that make a difference in the lives of women at every age. Share the resources in this update to invigorate your networks and provide your community with information on important women’s health topics.
 
Marsha Henderson - Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health
 
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Women’s Health Highlights

National Women’s Health Week: May 14-20
Throughout the week, look to FDA for health and safety information for women of all ages. Visit our Women’s Health Topics portal for resources on issues ranging from college health and diabetes to caregiving and healthy aging. Download materials for yourself or share health tips with your patients, friends or community. 
 
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New Foreign Language Fact Sheets
FDA’s Office of Women’s Health disseminates free health fact sheets in 18 languages to provide women from diverse communities with information they can use to make informed health decisions. OWH recently released the Women in Clinical Trials and Medicine and Pregnancy fact sheets in 6 new languages: Chinese, French, French Creole, Polish, Korean and Vietnamese.
 
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New Pregnancy Exposure Registries Website Buttons
FDA’s Pregnancy Registry web portal connects patients and health professionals to registries that collect information from women who have taken prescription medicines during pregnancy. OWH manages the portal and conducts outreach through our Resources for You and Your Baby Initiative. Help us raise awareness by embedding our new web buttons on your webpage to encourage women and their healthcare providers to have a conversation about pregnancy exposure registries.

 

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FDA restricts use of prescription codeine pain and cough medicines and tramadol pain medicines in children; recommends against use in breastfeeding women
FDA is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children. Codeine is approved to treat pain and cough, and tramadol is approved to treat pain. These medicines carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be a greater risk in children younger than 12 years, and should not be used in these children. These medicines should also be limited in some older children. Single-ingredient codeine and all tramadol-containing products are FDA-approved only for use in adults. We are also recommending against the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants.

 

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Extras

2017 FDA Science Forum
The 2017 FDA Science Forum will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 31-June 1, 2017 on FDA's White Oak campus. The Forum will highlight the breadth and depth of cutting-edge science FDA conducts and will demonstrate how FDA's scientific research informs our regulatory decision-making. FDA Office of Women’s Health staff and funded researchers will showcase their projects during the Forum.
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Meetings

 
Participate in upcoming FDA Public Meetings.
 
May 24, 2017, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
FDA White Oak Campus - Silver Spring, MD
 
June 15, 2017, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
FDA White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD 
 
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Visit an OWH exhibit booth or presentation at these upcoming conferences.
 
American College Health Association (ACHA)
May 30 – June 3, 2017, Austin, TX
 
National Indian Health Board Tribal Public Health Summit
June 6 - 8, 2017, Anchorage, AK 
 
American Diabetes Association 77th Scientific Sessions
June 9 - 13, 2017, San Diego, CA
 

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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

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