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March 18, 2020

Confirmatory Trial for Drug to Prevent Preterm Birth Finds No Benefit, So Why Is It Still Prescribed?

JAMA. 2020;323(13):1229-1232. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.1486

Preterm birth represents a major US public health problem, with 1 in 10 neonates born before 37 weeks’ gestation in 2018, placing them at a greater risk of death and disability.

So it’s not surprising that pregnant women who’ve already spontaneously delivered a baby preterm would be eager for a treatment that promises to help them get closer to term. Same goes for their physicians.

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