March of Dimes Partners with CDC to Help Newborns Exposed to Drugs

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In addition to his work as is president of commercial operations at Mission Pharmacal Company, Terrell Herring takes an active role in a number of the company’s subsidiaries, including Alamo Pharma Services, BioComp Pharmaceuticals, and ProSolus Pharma. In addition, Terrell Herring is involved in the Mission Family of Companies’ support of the March of Dimes, an organization that works to reduce premature birth rates.

Recently, the March of Dimes teamed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve health for children exposed to drugs before birth. The partnership will look at Vermont, Illinois, and New Mexico, the three states with the highest incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), to evaluate the services that these children most need in their first months of life. When infants start their lives in withdrawal, they face a number of challenges. Understanding their needs can help ensure recovery.

In addition, these three states will gain valuable insight on why so many babies are being born exposed to drugs in the neonatal environment. This awareness could help create new programs and resources for women who are pregnant. Both organizations hope that the lessons learned in these three states will help other mothers and children across the nation.v

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March of Dimes Focuses on Children with Zika-Related Defects

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Terrell Herring serves as the president of Alamo Pharma Services, Inc., in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. A committed philanthropist, Terrell (“Terry”) Herring has provided considerable support to March of Dimes and its efforts to end birth defects.

In early March, a government report showed that brain abnormalities and microcephaly had occurred in 33 times more births in the United States since the arrival of Zika. The virus has serious consequences for pregnant women and their children, which has fueled March of Dimes to take new steps toward preventing and treating Zika infections.

The organization has teamed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to undertake a coordinated effort against Zika. The partnership involves the creation of a website where families affected by Zika can find specialized care, as well as continuing education for nurses about Zika. March of Dimes will also create Zika prevention kits for new mothers in Puerto Rico. These kits include mosquito nets, clothing, and tips for preventing infection.

March of Dimes considers it critical for women who are pregnant and those who may become pregnant to understand how to prevent Zika. The organization has increased its social media presence to field questions related to baby health and Zika.

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.