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FDA Panel Recommends Emergency Use of First COVID-19 Pill

2021-11-30T22:36:46.541Z

The pill created by the pharmaceutical company Merck obtained the endorsement of health experts on Tuesday, which paves the way for its use to be authorized for Americans soon.



By

Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

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NBC News

An expert panel advising the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday voted to recommend for emergency use of an experimental pill from Merck to treat COVID-19. .

Should the FDA approve the recommendation of the advising panel, this drug would become the first drug that can be taken in a pill to fight the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Members of the agency's Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee voted 13-10 in favor of the treatment, called molnupiravir,

for use in adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at risk for severe illness or hospitalization.

The antiviral pill molnupiravir is being developed by Merck & Co. and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, and is already in phase 3 trials to treat and prevent early COVID-19 infections.

MERCK & CO.)

Despite the approval of most committee members, some expressed concern during public meetings that spanned several days.

The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of its

Source: telemundo

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