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WHO announces; revamped drug could save lives of many new mothers

The World Health Organization says, a revamped drug that can withstand extreme heat and stay effective for 1,000 days could "revolutionise the ability" to keep new mothers alive.
The medicine, known as 'Heat-Stable Carbetocin', helps prevent sometimes fatal bleeding after women give birth.
Existing drugs can help, but hot or humid conditions in many countries may stop the life-saving medicines from working well.
About 70,000 women die each year due to severe bleeding after childbirth. To tackle the problem the WHO currently suggests, an injection Oxytocin be offered to all women undergoing normal deliveries.

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