Public CitizenDr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s health research group, is concerned about Merck’s SARS-CoV-2 antiviral molnupiravir.

If it wins emergency use authorization (EUA), molnupiravir would be the first oral treatment for COVID-19. But Carome brought up several potential problems with molnupiravir during today’s public comment period of the FDA’s Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee meeting.

First, Carome argued that the drug appeared to have modest efficacy, offering a relative risk reduction against hospitalization or death of 30% through day 29 of the MK-4482-002 Phase 2/3 study.

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