ACOG’s 2016 Finale Fly-In: 21st Century Cures
Help Advance Medications Research for Moms and Babies
Nearly four million women in the US give birth each year; more than three million breastfeed their infants. Many of these women will take a medication or receive a vaccine. Currently, we lack quality data about the effects of most drugs on a woman and her pregnancy.
This issue affects women with chronic diseases, including:
Pregnant and breastfeeding women with these and other chronic conditions need safe and effective medications.
TAKE ACTION: Tell your Members of Congress to ACT NOW on this and other bipartisan women’s health priorities.
Why We Need Your Help
Research in pregnant and breastfeeding women is decades behind. Doctors and patients alike are uncertain about what is safe and what is not during pregnancy and while mothers are breastfeeding. We need better data.
Solving this Problem
Congress must enact a 21st Century Cures package that advances research in pregnant and breastfeeding women. This provision would create a Task Force to improve federal interagency and key stakeholder communication, coordination and collaboration to advance research and information sharing on medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Members include HHS officials, medical experts, and patient advocates.