July 11 is World Population Day.
Reproductive health is at the very heart of development and crucial to delivering the
UNFPA vision — a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe,
and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
Reproductive health problems remain the leading cause of ill health and death for
women of childbearing age worldwide. Some 222 million women who would like to avoid or
delay pregnancy lack access to effective family planning. Nearly 800 women die every day
in the process of giving life. About 1.8 billion young people are entering their
reproductive years, often without the knowledge, skills and services they need
to protect themselves. Help us generate greater commitment to the idea that everyone
has a right to reproductive health.
LifeScience Moment: Thalidomide-caused birth defects lead to strengthened drug regulation.
On July 15, 1962, Thalidomide, a new sleeping pill developed by the German company Grünenthal, was found to have caused birth defects in thousands of
babies born in western Europe. News reports on the role of FDA medical officer Dr. Frances O. Kelsey in keeping the drug off the American market
aroused public support for stronger drug regulation.
This tragedy gave new impetus to a bill intended to enhance drug regulation, the Kefauver-Harris amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act,
which became law Oct. 10, 1962. However, the Kefauver-Harris amendments did not require premarket approval of drugs brought to the market before the passage
of the FD&C Act in 1938.
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