Dr. Donnica Returns to "The View"
(Far Hills NJ, 5/30/07): Dr. Donnica Moore, President of Sapphire Women's Health Group and host of DrDonnica.com will reappear on ABC's "The View" Friday, June 1, 2007 to discuss the important topic "New Products in Women's Health". Products to be covered include the new "no period" contraceptive pill, Lybrel™; the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil™; and a new product being marketed to treat menopausal symptoms. "Women need to know more about new products for women's health than they are hearing in ads or newspaper articles. 'The View' is a great forum to address questions that thousands of women have on their minds, but don't know who to ask," says Dr. Donnica.
Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, received FDA approval in June 2006. There are still many women who are confused about conflicting media reports about what the vaccine is for, who should get it, and why. They are also confused by reports of various controversies surrounding the vaccine. "What women need to know is that this is a great advance in women's health: for the first time ever, we have a vaccine to prevent the causative agent of a cancer," Dr. Donnica explains. "The controversies are political, not medical," she adds. The HPV vaccine is approved for females aged 9--26. Ideally, girls or women should have this vaccine before having sexual intercourse, although it would still be effective if a woman was not yet exposed to the strains of HPV covered by the vaccine (types 6,11, 16 & 18). Two of the strains are oncogenic, or cancer causing. These are the strains of HPV responsible for 70% of cervical cancers. The other two strains of HPV covered by the vaccine are the strains predominantly responsible for genital warts. "We protect our children against everything we can think of," says Dr. Donnica, a mother of two. "It makes sense that we would want to protect them against any cancer we possibly could."
Nearly 5,000 women per day are entering menopause in the US and Canada. This has not escaped the notice of manufacturers of menopause products. "While we once focused on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), there are now many options for treating menopausal symptoms, but Estroven to estrogen," says Dr. Donnica. There are now pills, patches, creams, vaginal rings, and gels. The latest product to enter the menopause market is a chewing gum called Zoft ™, which claims to contain a unique scientific blend of natural Dong Quai Root, Black Cohosh Root Extract, Damiana Leaf, and Mexican Wild Yam Root. While black cohosh has been shown to be helpful for menopausal symptoms, other listed ingredients have not. It is also questionable how much of the ingredients are absorbed with this delivery system. "Generally, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is," says Dr. Donnica. "While I never argue with someone if they say a product works well for them, I'm much more comfortable when I have scientific data from well conducted and controlled clinical trials to show me that a product is safe and effective," she adds.
A frequent guest on "The View", Dr. Donnica Moore is highly regarded as a women's health expert and advocate: as a physician educator and as a media commentator. Known as "Dr. Donnica", she is the Founder and President of Sapphire Women's Health Group LLC, a multimedia women's health education and communications firm. She is also the Founder and President of DrDonnica.com, a popular women's health information website. In addition, she is also the women's health expert for YahooHealth.com and the "Doctor on Call" Columnist for "First for Women" magazine. Dr. Donnica is most well known for her former role as the weekly women's health contributor for NBC's Later Today Show (1999-2000). She was a frequent guest on NBC's Weekend Today Show and has made more than 500 appearances on television shows including "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "The View", and "Good Morning America".