Ongoing efforts to recognize gender differences in clinical research are helping to address women’s health needs

International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8th for more than a century. This year’s theme, #EachforEqual, focuses on the importance of improving gender equality. In honor of International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the steps that have been taken to improve women’s participation in clinical trials. In clinical research, equality helps ensure safe and effective treatment options as medications may affect men and women in different ways.

Today, many organizations are advocating for research that explores unmet women’s health needs, helping to increase investment in research and development in disease indications that predominantly impact women. New programs, such as the CDRH Health of Women Program Strategic Plan, along with advocacy groups and policy initiatives across the globe, are helping to empower women to participate in clinical studies. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, women accounted for 72% of participants in clinical trials leading to drug approvals in 2019, a significant increase from previous years.

At Health Decisions, we are committed to improving women’s health outcomes and are proud to be a partner in driving equality in clinical research. We are excited to support ongoing efforts in women’s health and to help drive further improvements in the years to come.

Learn more about the advancements that are happening in women’s health, read: A look at the 2010s: Past advancement inspiring a new decade in women’s health