Begin typing your search above and press return to search.
proflie-avatar
Login
exit_to_app
When toxins flow through Periyar once again
access_time 23 May 2024 5:34 AM GMT
Eight years balance sheet of LDF government
access_time 22 May 2024 4:58 AM GMT
Ebrahim Raisi
access_time 21 May 2024 5:20 AM GMT
Chabahar Port
access_time 20 May 2024 4:00 AM GMT
What is the remedy for this negligence?
access_time 18 May 2024 12:07 PM GMT
Fake encounters should stop
access_time 17 May 2024 8:41 AM GMT
DEEP READ
Schools breeding hatred
access_time 14 Sep 2023 10:37 AM GMT
Ukraine
access_time 16 Aug 2023 5:46 AM GMT
Ramadan: Its essence and lessons
access_time 13 March 2024 9:24 AM GMT
exit_to_app
Homechevron_rightWorldchevron_rightU.S. FDA authorizes...

U.S. FDA authorizes Merck's at-home antiviral COVID-19 pill

text_fields
bookmark_border
U.S. FDA authorizes Mercks at-home antiviral COVID-19 pill
cancel

Dubai: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday authorized Merck's Covid pill for high risk adults amid a surge of cases driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant.

"Today's authorization provides an additional treatment option against the COVID-19 virus in the form of a pill that can be taken orally," said FDA scientist Patrizia Cavazzoni.

The decision to grant an emergency use authorization came a day after the agency gave the go-ahead to a similar but more effective treatment from Pfizer Inc.

Merck's drug, molnupiravir, developed with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, was shown to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by around 30 percent in a clinical trial of high-risk individuals early in the course of the illness.

The drug is meant to be taken twice a day — four pills each time — for five days, making a full treatment course 40 pills.

The drug is used treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults who are at risk for severe disease, and for whom alternative COVID-19 treatments are not accessible or clinically appropriate.

The pill is only permitted to be consumed by those over the age of 18 as there are concerns of it affecting bone and cartilage development in younger patients. People are also recommended to not consume the medicine while they're pregnant or trying to conceive

Pfizer's drug, Paxlovid, was authorized on Wednesday for people aged 12 and older and has shown to be nearly 90 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in patients at high risk of severe illness, according to trial data.

Both the Merck and Pfizer pills could be promising tools for those who are sick with COVID-19, especially in the face of the fast-spreading omicron variant, which is now dominant in the United States.

Show Full Article
TAGS:Anti covid-19Us fda
Next Story