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The U.S. National Institutes of Health is launching a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of tecovirimat — the smallpox antiviral better known as TPOXX — for use in treating monkeypox, as current data on its effectiveness against the virus is limited, The Hill writes. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is sponsoring the trial, which is being led by the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. The study is currently enrolling adults and children who have been infected with monkeypox in the U.S. TPOXX was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2018 to treat smallpox and was authorized for use in treating monkeypox.


The FDA approved a Bristol Myers Squibb psoriasis pill, called Sotyktu, which is the first medicine of its type and the last of three potential blockbuster drugs the company sought to bring to market this year, according to BioPharma Dive. Sotyktu will compete with biologic drugs like AbbVie’s Humira and Amgen’s Enbrel, but as a pill could be more attractive to patients who do not want to inject themselves regularly. Importantly, the labeling for Sotyktu does not require patients to first try biologic drugs, giving doctors an opportunity to prescribe it widely.

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