Friday, July 25, 2014
MommyMeds™ App: The Latest Diaper Bag Essential
TTUHSC launches affordable perinatal pharmacology solution for pregnant and breastfeeding women
Written by Beth Phillips
Breastfeeding boosts a baby’s immune system and helps fight infections.
Breastfeeding and expectant women have a new, cost-effective resource to research use of over-the-counter and prescription medications thanks to MommyMeds™. The smartphone app was unveiled today at the 2014 International Lactation Consultant Association Conference.
The app, which is a product of the InfantRisk Center, brings mothers access to up-to-date information on medications and their safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding for $1.99.
“This is a landmark day for the health and safety of women with infants, of all economic standing,” said InfantRisk Center Executive Director Thomas Hale, Ph.D., R.Ph., one of the world’s leading experts in perinatal pharmacology and the use of medications. “The new app makes it possible for moms to have immediate access to the most up-to-date information on medications anytime, and help them make the best possible decisions when it comes to the health of their babies.”
Hale, who serves as professor of pediatrics and associate dean of research at the School of Medicine, has spent the past 25 years developing a database of evidence-based information on the use of thousands of medications in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Hale’s Medications and Mothers’ Milk is considered to be the best source of medication information for health care providers internationally. MommyMeds™ now makes this essential information available to a global audience.
Resources in the app include:
- Reliable safety ratings and other information on more than 20,000 drugs, syndromes and other products
- Enter a product name, sort by category or scan a barcode to obtain product safety information and determine if it is safe for use.
- Major lists of appropriate drugs for various conditions during pregnancy or breastfeeding (headache, nausea, allergies, etc.)
- Recalled product information with push notification ability
- Exclusive promotional specials and coupons for products
“MommyMeds™ is vital for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers,” said President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. “The app could become as synonymous with prenatal care as folic acid and ultrasounds. We commend Dr. Hale and the InfantRisk Center for their significant contribution to the health and safety of women and infants.”
More than 4 million women give birth in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Virtually all of these women will use at least one medication during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. Of these women, 77 percent will initiate breastfeeding and most will use at least one prescription or over-the-counter medication during lactation.
Story produced by the Office of Communications and Marketing, (806) 743-2143.
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The InfantRisk Center is an affiliate of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health. It is a national source of information safeguarding mothers and their babies from medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
InfantRisk Center goals:
- Provide a national hotline for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
- Reduce unnecessary lactation terminations
- Develop new pregnancy registries for the pharmaceutical industry