As Chloroquine Demand Surges, Bayer Looks To Emergency Use Authorization To Enter US Market
Unlike diagnostics, EUAs for drugs are rare and the fact that there already are FDA-approved competitors for Bayer’s chloroquine phosphate product may make the decision more complicated.
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