Drug-maker Merck says it has developed a pill that can treat mild to moderate cases of COVID-19, and the company is asking federal regulators to allow it to be used.
On Monday, the company announced that it has submitted a request for an Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for a drug it has called molnupiravir, according to a statement on the company’s website. The drug is an “oral antiviral medicine that can be taken at home shortly after diagnosis with COVID-19,” the company said.
The statement said the drug, developed through a partnership with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, is designed to treat “mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults who are at risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.”
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