Connect with us


EU drug regulators to discuss Merck COVID-19 antiviral pill next week

European Union drug regulators said they will discuss Merck & Co.’s antiviral pill next week amid a report that the drug faces potential rejection.

A panel of the European Medicines Agency will consider the drug’s effectiveness at the meeting, Marco Cavaleri, the regulator’s head of biological health threats and vaccines strategy, said at a briefing on Thursday. He declined to comment on the robustness of the evidence to back the pill.

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

The US drugmaker has been developing molnupiravir with partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP.

The pill is only about 30 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations among high-risk patients, compared with about 90 percent efficacy for Pfizer Inc.’s Paxlovid, studies have shown.

The Financial Times reported Wednesday that the antiviral is unlikely to get EMA approval, citing people it didn’t identify familiar with the situation.

Merck on February 3 trimmed the upper end of its 2022 forecast of molnupiravir sales to $6 billion, down from its earlier prediction that the drug might log up to $7 billion by yearend.

Read more:

Cheaper COVID-19 pill to be available to 105 developing countries after massive deal

China approves Pfizer’s COVID pill Paxlovid for mild to moderate cases

Pfizer confirms experimental COVID pill appears effective against omicron variant

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


New global action pledge to end TB by 2030

Applause rang out in one of the main conference rooms at UN headquarters on Friday as world leaders, civil society representatives and other stakeholders approved a declaration to advance efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030.

Continue Reading


World News in Brief: Peace day, high seas treaty, Palestinian displacement rises, polio in Ukraine

Peace requires strong mobilization for human rights, sustainable development and the environment, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on the International Day of Peace observed on Thursday.

Continue Reading


Healthcare: Lack of universal coverage, ‘human rights tragedy on a massive scale’

World leaders on Thursday agreed to boost efforts to provide universal health coverage for all by 2030.

Continue Reading