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Oman health ministry bans terbutaline for pregnant women

The Omani health ministry has banned use of terbutaline, which is prescribed during pregnancy to manage pre-term labour, Muscat Daily has reported. Terbutaline was banned following the recent deaths of 16 pregnant women after consuming the drug in the US, the ministry said. Furthermore, no evidence was found that consumption of the drug could delay preterm labour, said Sawsan Ahmed Jaffar, the director general of pharmaceuticals affairs and drug control at the ministry.