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ACCP Report - August 2019

Alicia Forinash Selected for Workgroup of NICHD Pregnancy and Lactation Task Force


ACCP member Alicia B. Forinash, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCACP, BCPS, has been selected to participate in the Communications Workgroup of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant and Lactating Women (PRGLAC). The PRGLAC was established by section 2041 of the 21st Century Cures Act. The Task Force was charged with providing advice and guidance to the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) on activities related to identifying and addressing gaps in knowledge and research on safe and effective therapies for pregnant women and lactating women, including the development of such therapies and the collaboration on and coordination of such activities. The working groups will work on recommendations from the report to the HHS Secretary.

Forinash is a professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently, she practices at the Maternal & Fetal Care Center and Women and Infant Substance Help (WISH) Center, where she participates in an interprofessional care team for high- and low-risk obstetric patients. Forinash is the residency director of a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She received her B.S. degree in pharmacy in 2000 and her Pharm.D. degree in 2001 from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She completed a specialty residency in family medicine at Forest Park Family Medicine and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2002.

Forinash is a board-certified specialist in pharmacotherapy and ambulatory care and was elected as a Fellow of ACCP in 2013. She has published original research and review papers on women’s health and obstetrics. She is a coauthor and editor for Briggs’ Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. She serves on the editorial board for Annals of Pharmacotherapy for women’s health. In addition to being an active member of ACCP, she is a member of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists and serves as the immediate past co-chair for its research committee.