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FDA committee recommends withdrawing Makena for preterm birth prevention

An FDA advisory committee yesterday voted to recommend that Makena, a treatment to prevent women from having a preterm birth, be withdrawn from the market after a study found that it's ineffective, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Backdrop: The FDA approved the drug in 2011, but required a follow-up study. That study came out last week and found that the drug — which has become the standard treatment — doesn't decrease recurrent preterm births.

What they're saying: "At the end of the day we want to be giving pregnant women medications that work and help them and their babies," Adam Urato, chief of maternal-fetal medicine at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Mass., told the Journal. "This drug doesn't work."

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