FDA committee narrowly recommends Merck’s antiviral pill to treat COVID-19

Elvera Bartels

The FDA’s Antimicrobial Medicines Advisory Committee voted thirteen-ten to advise that the Food and drug administration authorize Merck’s antiviral pill to treat COVID-19.

Basic safety fears incorporate a recommendation that the drug not be utilized throughout pregnancy.

A lot of committee customers said their vote was a tricky decision.

Individuals who voted “yes” said the drug’s positive aspects outweigh the hazards, although these who rejected recommendation cited protection fears, the want for extra data and the lack of a gain for these who have a moderate to moderate situation of the coronavirus.

“I voted no, simply because I was not persuaded that the possible gain of a three% decrease in hospitalizations and deaths outweighed the regarded and possible hazards of the article-treatment method even less than the protections of an EUA,” said committee member Dr. Peter J. Weina.

On Nov. 26, Merck said the pill molnupiravir reduced the chance of

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