SWHR President and CEO Phyllis Greenberger said, "The Society for Women's Health Research is proud to support the Research for All Act of 2014, which we believe represents a significant step forward in helping get more women in clinical trials. This legislation will encourage greater study of sex differences in medical research so we can better understand how diseases and treatments affect men and women differently.
Earlier this year, SWHR called on congressional leaders to do more to ensure that women are appropriately represented in clinical trials. We are pleased that Congress has taken notice and thank Representatives Cooper and Lummis for their commitment to improving the health of every American through this legislation. Still, we have a long way to go.
SWHR calls on all members of Congress to support this bill as women's health is a bipartisan issue and this research impacts our knowledge of both women and men. We need even more women to be included in clinical trials, especially in the earlier phases of research (Phase I and Phase II), and we need the research data to be properly analyzed for sex differences where applicable. This information is vital to the health of all Americans."
Among other things, the Research for All Act of 2014 would:
- Establish a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fast-track category for studies of drugs and biologics that take into consideration clinical data about sex differences
- Increase the study of female animals, tissues and cells in basic research conducted or supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and require the NIH to track how they are used
- Direct the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review and report on women and minority inclusion in medical research at both the NIH and the FDA
SWHR invites health care stakeholders to sign onto a joint letter supporting this legislation that will be submitted to Congress. To review a copy of the letter or to sign on, contact Leslie Ritter, director of government affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the latest news and developments, visit SWHR.org.
Please contact your U.S. senators and representative to urge them to support the"Research for All Act of 2014." Together we can make a difference in the health and well-being of every American.
The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR), the national thought leader in the study of sex differences in disease, is dedicated to transforming women's health through science, advocacy and education. SWHR® advocates for increased public and private funding for women's health; greater inclusion of women and minorities in medical studies; and analysis of the biological differences between men and women in disease and health issues. For more information, visit SWHR.org.
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