NIH Not Tracking Gender-Specific Results in Trials it Sponsors

Schroeder said she got interested in the subject in the early 1990s when studies came out showing that a daily aspirin could prevent heart attacks — and when she learned that all the test subjects had been men. “They didn’t even use female rats,” she said…

But even as more women are being included in clinical trials, there is growing scientific evidence of just how biologically different men and women are, and how differently they sometimes react to drugs and other medical interventions…

Indeed, in 2013 the FDA lowered the recommended dose for the popular sleeping pill Ambien after it became clear that the drug took longer to leave women’s systems and could pose a danger the next morning…

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