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Approximately 12 percent of births in the United States are preterm, which is the leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality. A variety of measures to prevent preterm birth have been investigated including the use of progesterone in the form of 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17P) administered by injection or vaginal suppository. 17P products are available through compounding pharmacies. Also, a synthetic hydroxyprogesterone caproate solution has been approved by the FDA. The product, Makena™, is indicated to reduce preterm birth in women with a singleton pregnancy who have a history of singleton spontaneous preterm birth. It is not intended for use in women with multiple gestations or in women with other risk factors for preterm birth. Makena™ is administered by either intramuscular or subcutaneous injection.
I. For women with a singleton pregnancy and prior history of spontaneous preterm birth before 37 weeks gestation, the following may be considered MEDICALLY NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE:
II. For women with a singleton pregnancy and a short cervix (less than 20 mm) the following may be considered MEDICALLY NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE:
III. Progesterone therapy as a technique to prevent preterm delivery is considered EXPERIMENTAL/INVESTIGATIVE in pregnant women with other risk factors for preterm delivery including but not limited to the following:
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