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

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized Merck & Co's antiviral pill for COVID-19, after giving the go-ahead to a similar treatment from Pfizer Inc. a day earlier. 

  Merck's drug, molnupiravir, developed with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, was shown to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by around 30% in a clinical trial of high-risk individuals early in the course of the illness. The agency authorized the oral drug for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults who are at risk for severe disease. 

  (Reporting by Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Bill Berkrot) 

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