Paris: An easy-to-use blood-clottingdrug that costs just a few dollars could save up to 100,000lives each year from road accidents and violence, according toa paper published today by The Lancet.
When it came to the risk of death by bleeding, TXAscored a reduction of 15 per cent over the placebo. Each year, more than a million people die as a resultof traffic injuries, and another 1.6 million die as a resultof acts of violence, and many could be saved by swift actionto stop haemorrhaging, the researchers said. "Each year about 600,000 injured patients bleed todeath worldwide," said lead author Ian Roberts, a professor ofepidemiology. "Injuries may be accidental, for example, roadcrashes, or intentional, such as shootings, stabbings orland-mine injuries, and the majority of deaths occur soonafter injury." TXA works by reducing the breakdown of clots. Thedrug is manufactured by a number of companies, and a gram ofit costs about USD 4.50. If TXA became widely available and was usedpromptly, it could save as many as 100,000 lives a year,13,000 of them in India and 12,000 in China, where road deathsare surging, the paper said.PTI
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