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The Food and Drug Administration on Monday took the extraordinary step of issuing a lengthy statement on an unapproved drug, rejecting claims made by the troubled drug maker CytoDyn about its failed antibody treatment for Covid-19.

CytoDyn’s CEO, Nader Pourhassan, has repeatedly touted the potential of the drug, leronlimab, on conference calls, YouTube videos, and in press releases, saying the treatment was shown to have saved lives in clinical trials.

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