Merck asks FDA to authorize antiviral for emergency use

The Merck logo at the Merck campus in Rahway, New Jersey.Brendan McDermid | ReutersMerck said Monday it asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize emergency use of its experimental antiviral pill to treat mild-to-moderate Covid-19 in adults.The U.S. drugmaker’s request came after phase three clinical trial data released on October 1 showed the medication – known as molnupiravir – reduced the chances that patients newly diagnosed with Covid would be hospitalized by about 50%.The…


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