FDA Proposes to Force Drug Companies to Include
Women of All Ages in Tests
No longer can a drug company say that because a drug being tested might
possibly harm a pregnant woman or her fetus, the company will not include
her in its studies. It will be up to the woman, who will be told of such
possibilities. At least that is what the Food and Drug Administration is
thinking of enacting into law. The agency could then stop a study not meeting
these conditions, or prevent its even starting.
You, the public, have 90 days to comment to the FDA about this good
proposal. The agency will then decide what to do.
Yet Another Antidepressant Relieves PMS Symptoms, But
Little Benefit from Hormones or Herbs
Researchers at Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have found
that twice as many women with severe premenstrual syndrome benefited from
the antidepressant sertraline as from a placebo.
Psychiatrist Judith Gold wrote an editorial accompanying the report
in the current Journal
of the American Medical Association, saying that women have had little
or no relief from PMS symptoms from diuretics, estrogen, progesterone, mineral
or herbal mixtures, or from vitamins.
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