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Today, the vast majority of medical research is done on men, with women compromising only one-third of test subjects.

The cause and rationale behind this is a long and complex one. In 1977, the FDA recommended that women of childbearing age essentially be excluded from clinical trials after medical disasters like the Thalidomide tragedy and synthetic estrogen known as DES, which led to malignancies in reproductive organs. Women's bodies also go through considerably more change then men's in the forms of menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause which can complicate research data sets.

But for those women who are willing to participate in medical research studies, all of the above facts are reasons why men and women must be separated when it comes to medical research.

Symptoms of medical complications, such as heart attacks, are experienced differently in men and women. A general unfamiliarity of women's symptoms when they don't match men's has cost countless lives in the form of misdiagnosis. Women also absorb and react to medicine differently than men which can lead to complications and side-effects unanticipated by male-dominated drug trials.

Clearly, something needs to be done. Women's health needs cannot be ignored any longer. While there is wisdom in the decision to limit women's participation in studies to protect the unborn, those women who do choose to participate in studies should not have their results scrutinized under the same standards as men. Quite simply, male and female bodies are different, and medical data should treat them as such.

Ask the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research to require studies to separate their results by male and female for the entire research process rather than lumping them together and to draw separate recommendations for the safe use of medicine for men and women.

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To the Director of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research,

I am writing to you today to express my concern after discovering that the FDA does not require medical research and drug trials to separate their findings by the sex of their participants. To get better data on the way women respond to specific drugs and treatment, this must change.

As you are no doubt aware, women and men do not always display the same signs, symptoms, or reactions to treatment. Symptoms of medical complications, such as heart attacks, are experienced differently in men and women. A general unfamiliarity of women's symptoms when they don't match men's has cost countless lives in the form of misdiagnosis. Women also absorb and react to medicine differently than men which can lead to complications and side-effects unanticipated by male-dominated drug trials.

I understand that in 1977, the FDA recommended that women of childbearing age essentially be excluded from clinical trials after medical disasters like the Thalidomide tragedy and synthetic estrogen known as DES, which led to malignancies in reproductive organs. I also realize that women's bodies also go through considerably more change then men's in the forms of menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause which can complicate research data sets.

While there is wisdom in the decision to limit women's participation in studies to protect the unborn, those women who do choose to participate in studies should not have their results scrutinized under the same standards as men. Quite simply, male and female bodies are different, and medical data should treat them as such.

Women need to benefit from medical trials by having researchers separate their data by sex. Please, change your policies to require studies to separate their results by male and female for the entire research process rather than lumping them together and to draw separate recommendations for the safe use of medicine for men and women.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Jul 22, 2018 David Cotner
Jul 19, 2018 CHARLENE DONOVAN
Jul 18, 2018 Danielle Osterweil
Jul 16, 2018 Cheryl Remington
Jul 16, 2018 Cara Blazucki
Jul 16, 2018 Jenifer Horne
Jul 16, 2018 Mechthild Duehr
Jul 15, 2018 Ianto Anglesey
Jul 14, 2018 Gigi Liebenthal
Jul 14, 2018 Julie DeStefano
Jul 14, 2018 Eleonora De Giorgio
Jul 13, 2018 ioannis tsorvas
Jul 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2018 Susan Wade
Jul 9, 2018 Kelly Heavin
Jul 8, 2018 Kaley Bill
Jul 8, 2018 Audrey Simpson
Jul 7, 2018 Amanda Vermillion
Jul 6, 2018 Maryanna Moskal
Jul 6, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jul 5, 2018 Jana Johnson
Jul 5, 2018 Renee LaBossiere
Jul 4, 2018 Scott Wilhelm
Jul 4, 2018 (Name not displayed) As a person who is suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis, I believe it is of the utmost importance that the research done today to discover cured for cancer and other debilitating diseases need to conduct studies that are focused and could include gender.
Jul 4, 2018 Ros Gladman
Jul 2, 2018 K C
Jul 1, 2018 N G
Jul 1, 2018 Marley Mcdermott
Jul 1, 2018 Linda Jones
Jul 1, 2018 Carol Poleno Women deserve respect info and care. Suck it up GOP
Jul 1, 2018 Eileen Shupak
Jul 1, 2018 Ann Messing
Jul 1, 2018 Carmen Ortiz
Jun 30, 2018 Bill Harman
Jun 30, 2018 Judith Elliott
Jun 30, 2018 Steven Hernandez
Jun 30, 2018 Lois Roach
Jun 30, 2018 Lynn Brown
Jun 30, 2018 Susan Jones
Jun 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 30, 2018 Vickie Bahr
Jun 30, 2018 Maria Magri
Jun 30, 2018 Cara Schmidt
Jun 30, 2018 patricia knauss
Jun 30, 2018 Debbie Reczynski
Jun 30, 2018 Karen Stone This is LONG overdue!
Jun 30, 2018 Brandy Moore
Jun 29, 2018 Ruth Tranquillo
Jun 29, 2018 Dena Hernandez-Kosche
Jun 29, 2018 Jo-Ann Sangataldo

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