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Items of Interest from the FDA

ASRM Bulletins September 26, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a revised draft guidance for industry entitled “Draft Guidance on Estradiol.” The guidance provides specific recommendations on the design of bioequivalence studies to support abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for estradiol vaginal cream.

ASRM and SART Comment on Proposed Changes to National ART Surveillance System

ASRM Bulletins September 26, 2014

This week, ASRM and SART submitted comments to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on proposed changes to the National ART Surveillance System data reporting requirements. The Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act of 1992 requires specific data related to pregnancy and live births achieved using ART, as well as clinic specific live birth rates, be reported to the CDC on an annual basis by clinics at which assisted reproductive technology procedures are performed.

Disorders of Sex Development Workshop Info Online

ASRM Bulletins September 04, 2014

In March of this year, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) hosted a scientific research workshop on disorders of sex development (DSD). The NICHD sponsored or co-sponsored previous workshops addressing DSD issues, however, this was the first workshop that focused exclusively on developmental issues and the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

The Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Is Releasing a New Opinion

ASRM Bulletins September 03, 2014

The Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is issuing a new report, “Interests, obligations and rights in gamete donation:  a committee opinion.”  This report updates a prior report which discussed the interests, rights and obligations of gamete donors.  It expands the discussion to include all of the parties who are involved in the process- recipient parents and their children conceived with donated gametes in addition to egg donors, sperm donors, and the clinics in which assisted reproduction using donated gametes takes place.

Administration Issues New Accommodation on Contraception Requirement

ASRM Bulletins August 27, 2014

On Friday, the Administration released a new accommodation for religious employers opposed to covering contraceptive prescriptions as required under the preventive health measures enacted as part of the 2010 health reform law PL 111-148, PL 111-152.

Catherine Spong, MD Named Deputy Director of NICHD

ASRM Bulletins August 27, 2014

Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., Director, The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, wrote in an announcement,  “After a rigorous, national search that attracted an impressive array of outstanding candidates, I am extremely pleased to announce that Catherine Y. Spong, M.D. has been selected as the Deputy Director of NICHD.  Cathy brings extensive and impressive experience in both our intramural and extramural programs to the position, along with intelligence, interpersonal skills, and visionary leadership that have won her a high level of respect in our research communities.  

ASRM Urges Members to Record and Investigate Their Individual Records in CMS Open Payments Data System

ASRM Bulletins August 19, 2014

The Sunshine Act, enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires that drug and medical devices manufacturers report annually to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) all payments and other transfers of value made to physicians.  Due to various problems and inaccuracies associated with the reporting system, the CMS has recently confirmed that it will withhold until June 2015 about one-third of the submitted records on drug and device industry payments to physicians and teaching hospitals.  Despite the issues, CMS intends to keep to its plan to make the website accessible to the general public beginning Sept. 30, 2014 and has extended the review period for doctors and teaching hospitals to Sept. 8, 2014.

CDC to Host Grand Round Webcast on Infertility

ASRM Bulletins August 13, 2014

On Tuesday, August 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is hosting a Grand Round webcast on the topic of strategies associated with the detection, prevention, and management of infertility. This session will address clinical approaches to improving the safety and efficacy of infertility treatments in an effort to promote healthy pregnancy outcomes.

Fertility and Sterility the Flagship Journal of the ASRM Announces Latest Impact Measures

ASRM Bulletins August 05, 2014

Fertility and Sterility, the flagship journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, today announced its latest impact measures.  The Eigenfactor index increased to 0.05607, with an ArticleInfluence score of 1,068, making Fertility and Sterility the top rated journal, by Eigenfactor, in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Fertility and Sterility’s JCR impact factor also increased to 4.295.

CDC Releases Final National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility

ASRM Bulletins July 18, 2014

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the final version of its National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility.

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