Why They’re Crucial: When we cover personal care and health, we encourage readers to be vigilant about what products they use, their effects, and how they’re made. That’s because poorly regulated or tested ingredients in everything from makeup to headache medicine may potentially cause serious health risks.
The National Women’s Health Network is a nonprofit that has worked since 1975 to help shape policy and support consumer health decisions; monitor the health-care industry and health professions; and provide accurately researched information for women on health issues and consumer safety. The group’s main strategic approach is to analyze important women’s health issues and share their informed understanding in ways that encourage grassroots action, bringing the voices of people concerned about women’s health to decision-makers and industry leaders.
What They Do
• Work to improve access to health care that meets the needs of diverse women
• Provide thoroughly researched answers to common health questions
• Create updates and alerts on policy and product safety information
Did You Know?
More than 80 percent of prescriptions filled in the U.S. are for generic drugs not required to include the same side effect information as brand-name counterparts.
A 2001 study found that eight in 10 drugs recalled from the U.S. market posed a greater health risk to women than men.
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