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Merck Finds Covid Pill is Less Effective Than Previously Estimated

anti covid pill molnupiravir-Merck found its anti-covid pill to only reduce hospitalization by 30% instead of a previously estimated 50%. Credit: Image courtesy of Merck

German pharmaceutical company Merck said on Friday that its anti-Covid pill was found to be 20% less effective in a final analysis of a clinical trial.

The drug, called molnupiravir, was initially estimated to cut the risk of hospitalization and death by 50% when taken by high-risk individuals soon after they had become infected.

The Food and Drug Administration’s advisory panel will convene on Tuesday to review molnupiravir and decide whether they should recommend that the Administration approve the pill for emergency use for eligible individuals.

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