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The drug’s inventor, Utako Okamoto, hoped the drug called tranexamic acid would be used to help save moms’ lives.

Every year about 100,000 women around the world die of blood loss soon after a baby is born. It’s the biggest cause of maternal death worldwide.

“It was Okamoto’s dream to save women,” says Haleema Shakur, who directs clinical trials at London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. “But she couldn’t convince doctors to test the drug on postpartum hemorrhaging.”

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