NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (CBS Local) – The FDA has just approved a new treatment for a condition that feels like “tiny people skating on razor blades in your stomach,” according to millions of women. Orilissa is an oral medication to help manage the severe menstrual pain caused by endometriosis, a condition where tissue in the lining of the uterus grows into other areas of the body and may require surgery. “Endometriosis is often characterized by chronic pelvic pain that can impact women’s daily activities,” Dr. Hugh S. Taylor from the Yale School of Medicine said in a press release . Drugmaker AbbVie added that the debilitating pain caused by this condition affects one in 10 women and can sometimes go undiagnosed for up to a decade. Michelle Kinney, whose had surgery three times for the severe period pains, told Business Insider that the pain felt “like little people in side her skating around on razor blades and other times like someone’s poured gasoline inside.” “There’s no getting up,” Kinney added. In March, doctors publicly acknowledged that a woman’s cramps can rival the pain caused by a heart attack . “There is a long history of not taking menstrual pain seriously and even writing it off as women’s hysteria,” Dr. Annalise Weckesser told reporters in 2017. The Endometriosis Foundation of America estimates that the affects 200 million women globally. Orilissa is expected to be available in U.S. pharmacies starting in August. It will reportedly cost $844.87 a month for a prescription.
(CNN) — The United States threatened nations in an effort to blunt a World Health Assembly resolution supporting breastfeeding this spring, The New York Times reported Sunday. The US delegation worked hard, but largely unsuccessfully, to water down a resolution recognizing the importance of breastfeeding for infants and working against misleading attempts to sell substitutes for a mother’s milk, the Times reported, citing more than a dozen participants from various countries, many of whom requested anonymity for fear of US retaliation. President Donald Trump lashed out at the report in a tweet on Monday, saying the US does support breastfeeding. “The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out. The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we don’t believe women should be denied access to formula. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty,” Trump wrote. The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out. The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we don’t believe women should be denied access to formula. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2018 According to the Times, the US delegation threatened retribution on trade and military aid to Ecuador to get the nation to drop the resolution and at least a dozen countries also avoided the resolution out of fear of the US. Members of the delegation also suggested cutting US funding for the World Health Organization. Eventually, Russia introduced the resolution, and the US was unable to blunt the measure, although its delegation successfully struck language calling for the international health body to provide technical support for nations seeking to stop “inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children,” and added the phrase “evidence based” to certain provisions, the Times reported. The Times noted the US position aligned with infant formula manufacturers. The report said the US delegation was also unsuccessful at defeating a different measure on access to medicines. A spokesman from the US Department of Health and Human Services told the Times that the original resolution “placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children.” HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley said in a statement responding to the account of the resolution that the US “has a long history of supporting mothers and breastfeeding around the world and is the largest bilateral donor of such foreign assistance programs.” “The issues being debated were not about whether one supports breastfeeding,” she said. “The United States was fighting to protect women’s abilities to make the best choices for the nutrition of their babies. Many women are not able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons, these women should not be stigmatized; they should be equally supported with information and access to alternatives for the health of themselves and their babies.” The State Department declined to comment to the Times, saying it could not remark on private diplomatic discussions. News of the combative approach within the World Health Assembly mirrored the Trump administration’s posture toward other key international bodies. The US said last month that it was leaving the UN Human Rights Council, citing anti-Israel bias, and Trump has made critiquing the status quo of major international compacts a hallmark of his approach, from trade agreements to military and security partnerships. — Eli Watkins The-CNN-Wire ( & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.)
NYT: US Threatened Nations Over Breastfeeding Resolution