July 31, 2015
All of us within ASRM, and indeed all of us in reproductive medicine around the world, are saddened by the death of Howard Jones.
July 29, 2015
The OB/Gyn Devices Panel of FDA’s Medical Devices Advisory Committee is convening to seek expert scientific and clinical input on the risks and benefits of Bayer HealthCare’s Essure System for permanent female sterilization.
July 28, 2015
Legislation (S 469) to extend IVF coverage to veterans with a service-related condition that resulted in the veteran being unable to procreate without the use of the technology was pulled from consideration by the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee today due to partisan politics having to do with abortion.
July 17, 2015
The National Children’s Study (NCS) was authorized by Congress in 2000 to study environmental influences on child health and development. However, in 2014 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was asked to review the NCS and issued a report which outlined concerns regarding the study's design, management, oversight structure, and anticipated cost. As a result, the launch of the Main Study for the NCS was put on hold, and an advisory committee to the Director of NIH was tasked with reviewing the feasibility of continuing the NCS. In late 2014, the advisory committee recommended that, while the overall goals of the NCS should remain a priority for future scientific support, the NCS was not feasible as currently outlined. It was soon announced that the NIH would discontinue the NCS.
June 24, 2015
Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on
several bills addressing benefits for veterans, including S. 469, the
Women’s Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015. ASRM was
invited to comment on the bill and submitted a letter of support.
May 22, 2015
This week, ASRM and ACOG jointly submitted a comment letter to the
Institute of Medicine (IOM) regarding the potential usefulness of
mitochondrial transfer techniques that can be integrated into assisted
reproductive technology. The IOM is examining these therapies and the
amount and level of further study that the therapies require before
being offered routinely to patients. This week, at its third meeting on
the topic, the IOM heard public comments.
May 19, 2015
Statement attributable to ASRM President Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, MPH “We are thrilled to see the introduction of HR 2257. With introduction of this bill, Chairman Miller has made a vital step towards assuring our country lives up to its obligation to do its best to make our service members whole upon their return. For far too long, veterans whose service related injuries have left them unable to have children have not been able to access the best treatment available - In Vitro Fertilization. In fact, federal law currently bans the Department of Veterans Affairs from providing this care. Currently, active duty service members with certain classes of injuries have access to care that includes in vitro fertilization, while those who separate from service and enter the Department of VA health care system do not. This bill would rectify that inequity and address the reproductive health care needs of veterans that arose due to their service.”
April 30, 2015
Infertility patients and those who care for them may be interested in
attending this event taking place at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K
Streets, NW, Washington, DC on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 3 to 7 pm. The
traveling exhibit incorporates visual art and written expression about
infertility, reflecting the diversity of experience of people whose
lives it has affected: the newly diagnosed, patients in treatment,
families and individuals trying to adopt, parents whose infertility has
been resolved, and those who remain childfree.
April 17, 2015
National Infertility Awareness Week is April 19 to 25 and ASRM is participating in a Twitter Chat on Infertility. For an hour, representatives from six diverse organizations with expertise in infertility will be tweeting the facts about the condition and answering questions like: What is infertility? How is it treated? How is infertility misunderstood? How does the infertility affect the lives of patients?
April 16, 2015
Please join RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and ASRM President Dr. Rebecca Sokol, for RESOLVE’s annual Advocacy Day event on May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day brings infertility patients and professionals together to advocate on Capitol Hill for legislation important to our community.