Women are being denied a life saving drug that could slash the risk of death by a third in mothers who suffer from severe heavy bleeding after birth. The drug known as tranexamic acid or TXA is available for just £3, however at present it is only used as a last resort in situations where there is a major haemorrhage soon after delivery.
In England and Wales it is estimated that around 35,000 women a year suffer from a haemorrhage after labour, which equates to one in every 20 births. In most of these cases a positive outcome is achieved, but unfortunately around 13 or 14 women die each year from haemorrhage, making it the third biggest cause of maternal death in the country.
The study considered 20,000 women, 500 of which were in the UK and has shown that many of these deaths could have been avoided if the TXA drug had been administered as early as possible after a severe bleed is noted following child birth. In the study no side effects were noted in either the mother or the baby.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which sets guidance for British doctors, recommends that doctors ‘consider’ the use of TXA. However, following the study, the college has commented that they will now review their guidance and make any appropriate changes.
Leanne Harle, a Paralegal at the Medical Accident Group, said that “although haemorrhage after child birth is rare in the UK, the number of deaths arising from this have not really reduced significantly since 2009. The trial that has taken place has clearly indicated that the early administration of a widely available and cheap drug can reduce the number of women who die from excessive bleeding following childbirth. Just £3, could result in a baby being able to grow up with their mother and it is encouraging to see that The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are considering the findings and reviewing the guidance in place.”
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