Wave Of Molnupiravir Generics In India Amid Early Physician Cheer
India authorizes molnupiravir for restricted emergency use in COVID-19, marking the arrival of around a dozen “affordable” generics of Merck & Co. and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics' oral antiviral. Physicians say data are “pretty compelling” notwithstanding the narrow FDA nod.
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