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Pfizer and U.S. sign a $5.29 billion deal for possible COVID pill treatment

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AP
The price for Pfizer’s pill treatment amounts to about $529 per course. The U.S. has already agreed to pay roughly $700 per course of Merck’s drug for about 1.7 million treatments.

Pfizer asked the FDA to authorize emergency use of the experimental pill, which has been shown to significantly cut the rate of hospitalizations and deaths among people with coronavirus infections.

The U.S. government will pay drugmaker Pfizer $5.29 billion for 10 million treatment courses of its potential COVID-19 treatment if regulators authorize it.

Pfizer asked U.S. regulators on Tuesday to authorize emergency use of its experimental pill, which has been shown to significantly cut the rate of hospitalizations and deaths among people with COVID-19.

Pfizer reported this month that its pill cut hospitalizations and deaths by 89% among high-risk adults who had early symptoms.

The Food and Drug Administration is already reviewing a competing pill from Merck and will hold a public meeting on it later this month.

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