Mission Pharmacal Company’s Partnership with the March of Dimes

A seasoned pharmaceutical executive, Terrell Herring serves as the president of commercial operations for Mission Pharmacal Company, located in San Antonio, Texas. During 2010, Terrell Herring spearheaded Mission Pharmacal’s partnership with the March of Dimes Foundation in distributing printed materials on healthy babies and healthy pregnancies to over 15,000 gynecologists and obstetricians for them to give to their patients. This undertaking was designed to improve prenatal awareness and care for expectant mothers nationwide.

This partnership complemented the March of Dimes Foundation’s participation in the United Nation’s Every Woman Every Child initiative to improve prenatal care and reduce infant mortality. In the UN’s 2012 report on the progress of Every Woman Every Child, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon indicated that more than 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely worldwide and that premature birth is a significant factor in infant mortality.

While many Americans may be under the impression that the rate of premature births is or should be lower in the U.S. than in most developed nations, it is not. The March of Dimes’ 2013 report on premature births indicate that 1 in 9 babies are born prematurely in the United States. In this state-by-state report, only six states received an “A” grade for low rates of pre-term births, and three states plus Puerto Rico received an “F” grade, stemming from disproportionately high rates of premature births. To view a map of this report card, please visit www.marchofdimes.com.

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