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Nov 04 2021
Britain has become the first country in the world to authorize the use of Merck's antiviral pill to treat COVID-19. Sajid Javid, the UK's Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said the drug will be "a game-changer for the most vulnerable and the immunosuppressed." The drug, known as molnupiravir, was approved based on clinical studies that showed the pill reduced the risk ofBBC News The Epoch Times Washington Post
Jun 26 2022
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) on Sunday said she will ban telemedicine appointments with abortion care providers who prescribe pills online in the GOP-controlled state in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Noem told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that she brought a bill forward in her state to ban the telemedicine appointments inThe Hill
Jan 04 2022
Pfizer’s antiviral oral drug developed to treat COVID-19 can cause severe or life-threatening reactions when used with common medications including some anticoagulants, antidepressants, and cholesterol-lowering statins, according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fact sheet (pdf).
Paxlovid is the first oral medication of its kind authorized by the FDA to treat COVID-19, with theThe Epoch Times
Dec 06 2021
Promising Covid-19 treatment pills are likely to take longer to reach patients in low- and middle-income countries than in rich ones because of manufacturing and pricing obstacles, despite efforts by drugmakers to make them more available, drug-access advocates and public-health experts say.
The pills promise to keep people who get infected from developing severe disease that requiresWall Street Journal (News)
Jul 06 2022
With the Justice Department's recent warning to states not to ban a federally approved drug that induces an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the Biden administration signaled that medication abortion may be the next front in the fight to preserve abortion rights in states that are curtailing access.
Twenty-two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)CBS News (Online)
Oct 01 2021
Merck on Friday said it will seek emergency approval of an antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 after it significantly cut the risk of bad outcomes in clinical trials.
The New Jersey-based drugmaker said the drug, molnupiravir, cut the risk of hospitalization or death in half in high-risk patients with mild to moderate illness.
If authorized for use, it would be a groundbreakingWashington Times
Oct 01 2021
News that an experimental antiviral drug from Merck appears to halve the risk of hospitalization or death from Covid-19 has bolstered hopes of finding a simple at-home treatment for the virus.
The drug, molnupiravir, is given as a pill. It performed well enough in a late-stage clinical trial of adults at high risk of severe Covid-19 that the independent review board overseeing the studyPolitico
Nov 04 2021
Regulators in Britain granted approval to the experimental drug molnupiravir from U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck on Thursday, marking the first authorization from a public health body for an oral antiviral treatment for covid-19 in adults.
Experts have said that if widely authorized, the medicine could have huge potential to help fight the coronavirus pandemic: Pills are easier to takeWashington Post
Oct 11 2021
The announcement that a pill from Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics kept Covid patients out of the hospital made headlines and moved stocks late last week. But as is so often true when data are released by press release, there are still many questions left unanswered.
Doctors are excited about the medicine, molnupiravir, because a regimen of pills, even one that involvesSTAT
Oct 11 2021
Pharmaceutical companies Merck & Co. and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announced Monday the submission of emergency use authorization to the Food and Drug Administration for molnupiravir, an antiviral drug that offers the promise that COVID-19 could soon be treated by a pill.
Molnupiravir, an orally ingested antiviral pill, is used to treat mild to moderate adult cases of COVID-19 thatUSA TODAY