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Budget Cut for the Office of Women’s Health

Breaking News

After a long struggle to get emergency contraception over the counter, the Office of Women’s Health has had its budget cut, potentially stalling future research. The Office of Women’s Health Office within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested a budget of 4 million, but may only receive 2.8 million. However, that $2.8 million has been spent or appropriated for salaries and initiated projects, therefore the office must effectively halt further operations for the rest of the year.

Why is this important to Latinas?

* The office funds research on male-female biological differences to ensure that women receive the most appropriate drug doses and treatments.

* It also produces reproductive health information on topics such as pregnancy and birth control, as well as other health issues via fact sheets, articles and FAQs, much of which is heavily requested by researchers, advocates and the public at large.

* In fact, it is the office that was at the center of the political debate on making EC an OTC drug.

What can you do?

The FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach will appear before the Senate appropriations subcommittee on February 27, 2007, and before the House on February 28, 2007 to discuss the FDA’s 2008 budget. Now is the time for you to call your Congresspersons and tell them that this Office is too important to have its funding decreased.