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WHO study shows drug could save thousands of women's lives

WHO study shows drug could save thousands of women's lives

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A new formulation of a drug, called carbetocin, could prevent thousands of women from dying due to excessive bleeding after childbirth, a WHO-led study shows. Heat-stable carbetocin has proven to be as safe and effective as the commonly used drug oxytocin but, unlike oxytocin, continues to remain effective in hot and humid conditions - good news for the millions of women who give birth in parts of the world without access to reliable refrigeration. 
"This is a truly encouraging new development that can revolutionize our ability to keep mothers and babies alive."
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.
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