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The federal watchdog at the Department of Health and Human Services will review the process used by the Food and Drug Administration to approve the Alzheimer’s drug sold by Biogen (BIIB), which has caused unprecedented controversy over regulatory standards, STAT reports. The HHS Office of Inspector General will examine the accelerated approval path the FDA increasingly uses to speed approvals for drugs to treat serious conditions and fill unmet medical needs. This was the route used by the agency when it OK’d the Aduhelm drug for Alzheimer’s.


Moderna (MRNA) sold $4.2 billion of its Covid-19 vaccine in April through June, a significant boost for a company that a year ago had yet to commercialize its products, The Wall Street Journal informs us. In the second quarter of 2020, the company’s revenue was $67 million. Moderna sold 199 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine in the latest quarter, for a total of 302 million doses so far this year. In another sign of the company’s rapid growth, it said it employed about 1,800 people at the end of June, compared with just over 930 a year ago.

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