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April 2014
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Knowledge is important in navigating the safety issues around the use of prescription drugs and medical devices. This is especially true for women, who are marketed to heavily by pharmaceutical companies hoping to cash in on their health care needs.

We Will Get Through This Together
Americans are hurting. First it was Hurricane Harvey slamming into Texas and Louisiana. Then Hurricane Irma chased thousands from their homes in Florida. Puerto Rico is still reeling from Hurricane Maria. And then we woke up to news on Monday that a crazed gunman killed as many as 58 people and injured hundreds more at a concert in Las Vegas. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have suffered so terribly or lost loved ones in these disasters. It will be a long road ahead to recovery and healing, but the American spirit is strong. We know we will get through this together!

Women Alert to Harmful Drugs

Long before the term “snake oil” became synonymous in this country with fraudulent health care products, charlatans began exploiting the unique health care needs of women. You might think that a lot has changed since traveling “doctors” and their shills hawked miracle cures for everything from cancer to what were called “female complaints.” In truth, a long line of harmful drugs and medical devices have been – and continue to be – sold to unsuspecting women. For all those grandmas, moms, daughters, sisters and friends out there, you should know more. >>>

8 of 10
Eight of the 10 drugs pulled from the U.S. market from 1997 to 2001 posed a greater health risk for women than men.

That’s what Pfizer, the world’s largest drug maker, has paid so far to resolve lawsuits claiming that its hormone replacement drugs cause breast cancer.

Source: Pfizer Paid $896 Million in Prempro Settlements, Bloomberg
A 2008 Supreme Court ruling held that the makers of FDA-approved medical devices can’t be held responsible for injuries, even if their product is defective and later recalled.

Source: Unequal Harm, American Association
for Justice

Research Center Advances Health Information for Women

The National Research Center for Women & Families promotes the health and safety of women, children and families by sharing objective, research-based information with the public.

Office on Women’s Health Is National Clearinghouse

The Office on Women’s Health at WomensHealth.gov is charged with providing national leadership and extensive resources on the health of women and girls.

Women’s Health Addressed in Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Health Care Act, often called Obamacare, includes coverage tailored to meet the unique health care needs of women. See this infographic for an overview, and get specifics for your state here.

Unequal Harm: Share Your Story

Women suffer disproportionately from dangerous and defective drugs. Share your story or that of a loved one injured by a harmful medical product and make manufacturers accountable.

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Zuckerman Talks Unsafe Medical Products
and Women

Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families, says the FDA seems to be lowering standards on many medical products.

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