Merck’s Molnupiravir: Second COVID Pill Is Second-Line, But Timing Helps Both Sponsor And US FDA
After lengthy review, Merck’s antiviral gets very restricted indication as part of its EUA, apparently reflecting concerns over safety and efficacy. But molnupiravir does appear to have some advantages over Pfizer’s Paxlovid – including that more of it will be available in the short term.
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Authorized for mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in patients 12 and older at high risk for severe disease, Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir) jumped ahead of Merck & Co./Ridgeback’s molnupiravir in the EUA queue for oral antivirals, with the latter possibly hung up by efficacy and safety concerns.