Priority Medicines for Europe and the World 2013 Update. Background Paper 7 - Cross-cutting Themes. BP 7.2 - Priority Medicines for Women
(2013; 57 pages)


Female health, and especially maternal health, has been one of the top priorities for health decision makers and health researchers over the past decades. Women not only use specific medicines related to (post)reproduction and pregnancy, but they also differ from men in their overall medicine use, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. The 2004 Priority Medicines Report highlighted the knowledge and research gaps that existed with regards to female medicinal treatment, despite the particular attention being paid to women. This background paper follows on from and updates the 2004 Background Paper, discusses challenges and opportunities for improvement, and provides recommendations for further research.

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