Chances are high that you are either a woman or know a woman, so we shouldn’t need to tell you why women’s health is important. But, surprisingly, we need to be telling researchers.
Until 1990, test subjects in clinical trials were seldom – if ever! – female. Now, 25 years later, we’ve certainly seen some strides – just this past summer, the National Institute of Health (NIH) announced that they will require sex as a biological variable to be factored into research designs, analyses, and reporting in vertebrate animal and human studies.
Still, there’s major inequity in medical research. This impacts us all: imagine what could happen if a woman were prescribed a drug that had only even been tested on men? That isn’t a hypothetical – it happens all the time. In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rescinded its earlier recommended dosage of zolpidem (Ambien), a sleep aid, as women were being prescribed the same dosage as men. The drug lasted twice as long in women’s bodies, resulting in drowsy driving and even accidents.
The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) endeavors to change this and other inequities in health, and we hope you’ll join our efforts. SWHR, a national non-profit based in Washington D.C., is widely recognized as the thought-leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease and is dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy, and education. You can help: follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and visit swhr.org to learn more about how we’re transforming women’s health.
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The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR ®) is a national non-profit based in Washington D.C. that is widely recognized as the thought-leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease and is dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy, and education.