The FDA approves the first COVID-19 drug. But it is “not a blockbuster”.

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fully approved remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19.

The drug is now approved for use in COVID-19 hospital patients aged 12 and older and weighing at least 88 pounds (40 kilograms), according to a FDA statement. Previously, the agency allowed doctors to give remdesivir to hospitalized patients through emergency use authorization or temporary authorization given only “when there are no adequate alternatives,” approved and available “, according to the agency.

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