Providing Pediatric Drug Information to Parents
KidsMeds is an online non-profit organization dedicated to providing
accurate pediatric drug information to parents of infants and children.
Have you ever been unable to find information about your child's medication?
Chances are that your local pharmacist does not specialize in pediatric
pharmacy or may be too busy to answer all of your questions.
KidsMeds realizes the great need to get this information to concerned
parents. We are registered pharmacists who are trained in pediatric pharmacy.
We are located in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
KidsMeds offers the following services:
information which covers
several important subjects from each season.
Onlineservice: Here you have the
opportunity to forward your medication question to an actual pharmacist who specializes
in pediatrics. Each question will receive a detailed response which
will be forwarded to your own e-mail account. Because of the generous
contributions of our sponsors, this service is provided absolutely FREE!
how to properly administer medications of all kinds to children. Instructions
include oral liquids, inhalers, ear medications, eye medications, nasal
inhalers, and rectal administration.
Centers: A list of all
the centers in the United States. Everyone with a child at home should
have the number of the regional poison control center on hand.
Order from our website. These
InfoSheets will be forwarded to your email address and are available
on a range of topics.
Sign up for our FREE monthly
newsletter. You’ll receive updates and news related to children’s medications.
Keep up to date and find out about important recalls and changes in
immunization recommendations. This newsletter is delivered directly
to your own email address once a month!
Topics: Each month KidsMeds
presents a comprehensive review on a childhood condition and its treatment,
such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Each of the following pharmacists, employed by KidsMeds, Inc., is extensively
trained in pediatric pharmacy and offers their expertise by responding
to questions posed by parents about children's medications. Our pharmacists
also develop and write the KidsMeds' content and monthly email newsletters.
Heidi W. Belden, Pharm.D.
Heidi Belden is the founder and director of KidsMeds,
located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Heidi received her bachelor of science in
pharmacy in 1987 and her doctorate in pharmacy in 1993 from Northeastern University
in Boston. As a registered pharmacist, Heidi has worked in both retail
and hospital settings and has served in many positions from staff pharmacist
to director of pharmacy. Her most recent position at The Children's Hospital
in Boston, where Heidi was on staff from 1991-1999, inspired her to begin
her own company called KidsMeds. KidsMeds is a web-based, nonprofit organization
dedicated to providing pediatric drug information to parents and caregivers.
Heidi was named the December 1999 "Health Hero" by the American
Pharmaceutical Association Foundation for the creation of KidsMeds, and
as a "Pharmacist of the Year" by Drug Topics in August
Dianne Lutz, R.Ph.
Dianne works as a part-time pediatric pharmacist for KidsMeds. She received
her bachelor of pharmacy degree from Northeastern University in 1988 and
is currently on staff at The Children's Hospital in Boston, where she
has worked as a pharmacist since 1988. While at Children's Hospital, Dianne
has worked in all the specialty areas of pediatric pharmacy including
oncology, neonatal ICU, respiratory (cystic fibrosis), and parenteral
nutrition. Dianne is also the mother of 4 children ranging in age from
4 to 9 years old.
Brian P. Belden, R.Ph.
Brian is a part-time pharmacist at KidsMeds, responding to questions
from the Pediatric Pharmacist Online service and contributing to the monthly
KidsMeds newsletter. Brian graduated from the University of Washington
School of Pharmacy in Seattle in 1991. Brian was employed as a staff pharmacist
at The Children's Hospital in Boston from 1991-1997. While employed at
Children's Hospital, Brian was the evening-shift coordinator pharmacist
whose expertise was in the areas of oncology and ambulatory medicine.
Brian is also currently employed at CVS Pharmacy in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
KidsMeds Promotional Events
Babies 'R Us Baby Fest Weekends:
KidsMeds provides literature on children's medication issues
and free medicine spoons to new and expecting parents at
Babies 'R Us stores in New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Boston Baby Faire:
April 1999; Boston Bayside Expo, Boston, Massachusetts
E-Commerce for Pharmaceuticals Conference:
April 1999; Participants and Exhibitors; Park Hyatt Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
National Council on Patient Information and Education
(NCPIE), 12th Annual Conference "Medication Communication: The
Basics and Beyond".
May 1999; Participants and Exhibitors; Marriott at Metro
Center, Washington D.C.
Community Baby Shower:
May 1999; Jordan Hospital, Plymouth, Massachusetts
For Children - Annual Early Childhood
June 12, 1999; Plymouth County Chapter, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Internet Healthcare Coalition conference: Quality Healthcare Information
on the 'Net '99, "Healthcare Professionals and Consumers Online:
Fixing the Broken Link".
October 13, 1999; Participants; Grand Hyatt at New York, NYC.
New York 1999 conference: November
Winner of the "Best
Site for Kids" Gold Award at the eHealthcareWorld Awards
presented on November 4th in NYC. Awards listed in Modern
Healthcare Magazine (December
Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) 25th Annual
- May 5-6, 2000
KidsMeds President, Heidi Belden, appeared on a panel of
speakers who had developed innovative ways to practice pharmacy.
The panel was entitled, "Pharmacists Make A Difference".
Hospital for Children Conference 2000:
Humanizing Health Care for Children and Families: The Art of the Relationship.
- May 28-31, 2000
Exhibitors, Copley-Westin Hotel, Boston, MA.
Partnerships for Children: Early
- March 2001
Plymouth and Sandwich, Massachusetts
Additionally, KidsMeds attends numerous local and regional parenting
and early childhood fairs in the New England area throughout the year
-- distributing medicine spoons, oral syringes, drug information, and
poison control information and telephone stickers.
KidsMeds received the Gold Award as the "Best Site for Kids"
at the eHealthcareWorld Awards in New York City on November 4, 1999. KidsMeds
was chosen for providing a break-through, innovative medical service to
children and/or their parents. The names of the award winners were published
in Modern Healthcare magazine (December 6,1999).
Founder and President of KidsMeds, Heidi Belden, Pharm.D., was recognized
as the December 1999 "Health Hero" by the American Pharmaceutical
Association Foundation in an online publication. The article can be found
on the Foundation's Connect for Health website located at http://www.connectforhealth.com.
Heidi also recently presented KidsMeds at the 25th Annual Meeting of the
Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists on May 5, 2000. Heidi
appeared on a panel of locally and nationally-recognized pharmacists,
entitled "Pharmacists Make a Difference".
KidsMeds received a grant from the American Pharmaceutical Association
Foundation for the continued development of the KidsMeds website in the
year 2000. The grant was awarded following KidsMeds innovative practice
proposal to expand their pediatric-focused website. For the past 6 years,
the APhA Foundation has awarded the "Incentive Grants for Practitioner
Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care" as "seed" money to help
pharmacists explore new services that enhance their role as healthcare
KidsMeds also subscribes to the HON Principles of the Health on the Net
Foundation and has been reviewed and listed as an HONoured healthcare