Utako Okamoto 1st April 1918 – 21st April 2016

Utako Okamoto died three years ago today. Never heard of her? In 1962, she discovered transexamic acid (TXA) which highly lifesaving in haemorrhage. For the rest of her life, she tried to persuade Japanese obstetricians to use it; sadly, despite being one of the WHO’s essential drugs basic to healthcare, they didn’t until after her death.