Happy Women's Day to all wonderful women in this world. May you be happy and successful in every step you take.
Additionally some fun facts about females in Clinical Trials. Did you know that:
- drugs were approved without being tested on women or factoring in whether women would have different reactions or require different dosages than men? Well-meaning policies, such as 1977 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy, previously recommended women of childbearing potential be excluded from Phase I and early Phase II drug trials due to fears about the effects of experimental drugs on unborn children. This was true even for drugs specifically targeting women. In one famous study of the interaction between alcohol and flibanserin – also known as ‘female Viagra’ – 23 of the 25 study participants were male.
- the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that 80 percent of drugs pulled from the market due to unacceptable health risks between 1997 and 2001 were discovered to be more harmful to women than to men?
- in a 2018 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) found that in trials supporting 36 cardiovascular approvals, just 34 percent of trial participants were women, despite the fact that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women? The same study found that while men and women pass screenings for trials at roughly the same rate, fewer women go through screening. This suggests women may be less aware of opportunities, more skeptical of the benefits of participation, or may face additional barriers, including transportation and child or elder care, that prevent their involvement.
Women are important and women are needed. I'll leave you with this wonderful quote by Michelle Obama. Have a lovely day!