FDA: Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety

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U. S. health officials say Merck's experimental cope with nineteen pill is effective but the raising questions about its safety during pregnancy I'm Ben Thomas with some details the food and drug administration posted its review ahead of a public meeting next week what outside experts will debate the drug's benefits and risks FDA scientists identified several potential risks including possible toxicity and birth defects they also note mark collected far less safety data overall that has been gathered for other covert nineteen therapies all covered nineteen drugs currently authorized by the FDA require an injection or IV which limits their use if authorized Merck's drug would be the first pill treatment that patients could take it home it's already authorized for emergency use in the U. K. I'm Ben Thomas

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