New legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives last week to promote more robust study of sex differences in medical conditions and therapies. The “Research for All Act of 2014” also promotes the inclusion of more women in early-phase clinical trials. Awareness of differences between men and women in response to pain therapy has been a recognized clinical need, and the subject of course presentations at PAINWeek conferences for several years.
The legislation has been endorsed by the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a leading voice on advocacy and research into women’s health and the biological differences between women and men. SWHR believes this legislation will have a powerful impact on women’s health research and invites health care stakeholders to sign onto a joint letter supporting the bill that will be submitted to Congress. A news story, with process information for supporting the SWHR advocacy effort, may be read here.