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2013 SWHR Advocacy Issues

SWHR is involved with or monitors a number of issues that either directly or indirectly affects the health of all women. The following issues are all of fundamental importance to women’s health.

Drug Labeling
SWHR encourages the establishment of drug-labeling requirements to ensure that drug labels include language about differences experienced by women and men. Further, it advocates for research on the comparative effectiveness of drugs with specific emphasis on data analysis by sex.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Funding
SWHR strongly believes that appropriate funding of the FDA by Congress is critical for the Agency to function and to assure the American public of the safety of its food and drugs.

Funding for Research in Women's Health*
SWHR's goal is to ensure adequate funding for the governmental offices that support women's health research in National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, HRSA, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and elsewhere.

Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Clinical Research*
SWHR's goal for the future of clinical trials is to guarantee the inclusion of women in all phases of clinical trials with sufficient representation to allow for analysis by sex, ethnicity and other demographics. In addition, efforts will be directed to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that appropriate sex-based analysis is performed in clinical trials so that prescription drug labeling will reflect important differences between women and men.

Medical Technology and Reimbursement
SWHR is working to ensure that Americans have access to these life-saving screening tools and laboratory tests and that government and private health plans offer reimbursement for these technologies as they do for other forms of treatment.

Sex and Gender Differences Research*
SWHR's goal is for sex and gender differences to be integrated and recognized as an essential element of all research.

Stem Cell Research*
SWHR supports new medical research involving stem cells that holds promise for the treatment of human disease and disability.

VA Women's Health Research*
Transforming women's health research within the Veterans Administration.

*Indicates SWHR Advocacy Priority for 2013

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