4 July 2017
Gastric ulcer drug shown to have alternative application

Fewer phlebotomies needed thanks to medication

A pill could significantly reduce the number of annual phlebotomies needed by people suffering from haemochromatosis (iron overload). Researchers at Maastricht UMC+ reported this in the medical journal Gastroenterology. A reduction in the number of phlebotomies needed prevents patients suffering unwanted side-effects (such as fatigue and fainting) and the discomfort of the procedure itself. The Maastricht researchers examined the effectiveness of one type of medicine that is usually used for treating regurgitation, acid reflux and stomach ulcers.