Remdesivir EUA Includes Promotional Limitations Absent From Chloroquine Authorization
Printed materials and promotions must describe Gilead’s drug as authorized, not approved, for treating COVID-19; although similar boilerplate restrictions are part of most of the EUAs issued for diagnostics and equipment to combat the novel coronavirus, they were not included in the authorization for chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine. Remdesivir's new website strongly resembles an approved brand product site.
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