Women depend on the FDA to make sure new drugs and devices are proven both safe and effective before they are approved for sale. Allowing pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers to weaken or sidestep the approval process puts women’s health—and very lives—at risk. At a time when Big Pharma is spending billions of dollars to push its products, a strong and independent FDA is more important than ever.

The National Women’s Health Network urges you to maintain the FDA’s high evidentiary standards for medical product safety and efficacy and to preserve the agency’s Office of Women’s Health, which provides women with essential health and safety information and plays a critical role in making sure women are fairly represented in clinical trials.