Tag: Food and Drug Administration

The Race for Virus Money Is On. Lobbyists Are Standing By.

WASHINGTON — The federal government is open for coronavirus business, and the scramble to get some of it is on. A South Carolina company has hired a lobbyist close to President Trump to try to win regulatory approval to sell a misting spray to kill coronavirus on airplanes. A Manhattan company is seeking money from […]

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We Can Safely Restart the Economy in June. Here’s How.

The argument that harsh restrictions on business and social interaction during the Covid-19 pandemic will do more harm than good has real power. Unemployment is projected to rise to 30 percent in a few months, and an economic contraction in the second quarter of 15 percent or more has been forecast. President Trump’s wish to […]

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Blood Plasma From Survivors Will Be Given to Coronavirus Patients

Can blood from coronavirus survivors help other people fight the illness? Doctors in New York will soon be testing the idea in hospitalized patients who are seriously ill. Blood from people who have recovered can be a rich source of antibodies, proteins made by the immune system to attack the virus. The part of the […]

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Make Abortion More Available During the Pandemic — Not Less

It’s hardly new for anti-abortion politicians to seize on any excuse to try to restrict women’s bodily autonomy, but it is a new low to exploit a pandemic that’s already cost hundreds of American lives, and threatens many thousands more. In recent days, leaders in several states — including Texas, Ohio and Louisiana — have […]

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Lawmakers Question Start-Ups on At-Home Kits for Coronavirus Testing

Three companies that rushed to market unauthorized kits for at-home coronavirus testing face new questions from lawmakers in Washington. On Wednesday, two House Democrats, Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois and Katie Porter of California, sent letters to the chief executives of Carbon Health, Everlywell and Nurx, asking them to explain their business and testing practices. […]

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Gilead Withdraws Request for Special Orphan Status on Experimental Coronavirus Treatment

Bowing to criticism that it was exploiting the coronavirus pandemic, the drugmaker Gilead said on Wednesday that it would no longer seek orphan-drug status for remdesivir, an experimental drug that is being tested as a possible treatment. The Food and Drug Administration had only granted the special designation on Monday — which gives drug companies […]

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The Story of Thalidomide in the U.S., Told Through Documents

In July 1962, the Food and Drug Administration sent an urgent message to its field offices with an assignment it said was “one of the most important we have had in a long time.” Overseas, thousands of babies in Germany, England and other countries were being born with severe defects tied to their mothers’ use […]

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The Unseen Survivors of Thalidomide Want to Be Heard

The man on the bus was staring at her. Carolyn Farmer, 17, noticed him as she closed the Leon Uris novel “Exodus” and gathered her things. It was 1979, and she knew what it was like to have strangers gawk at her: She had been born with shortened arms and fingers missing on each hand. […]

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With Minimal Evidence, Trump Asks F.D.A. to Study Malaria Drugs for Coronavirus

President Trump on Thursday exaggerated the potential of drugs available to treat the new coronavirus, including an experimental antiviral treatment and decades-old malaria remedies that hint of promise but so far show limited evidence of healing the sick. No drug has been approved to treat the new coronavirus, and doctors around the world have been […]

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Coronavirus Test Obstacles: A Shortage of Face Masks and Swabs

Just as the nation’s ability to test for coronavirus is expanding, hospitals and clinics say another obstacle is looming: shortages of testing swabs and protective gear for health care workers. At the University of California San Francisco Health — a hospital system at the heart of one of the nation’s coronavirus outbreaks — officials said […]

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Containing the Coronavirus Has Failed. Now What?

In 1918, a new respiratory virus invaded the human population and killed between 50 million and 100 million people — adjusted for population, that would equal 220 million to 430 million people today. Late last year another new respiratory virus invaded the human population, and the reality of a pandemic is now upon us. Although […]

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Inside the Coronavirus Response: A Case Study in the White House Under Trump

Senior aides battling one another for turf, and advisers protecting their own standing. A president who is racked by indecision and quick to blame others and who views events through the lens of how the news media covers them. A pervasive distrust of career government professionals, and disregard for their recommendations. And a powerful son-in-law […]

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Hackers Attack Health and Human Services Computer System

WASHINGTON — A crude effort by hackers to test the defenses of computer systems for the Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday evening escalated Monday, with administration officials saying they were investigating a significant increase in activity on the department’s cyberinfrastructure. But officials backed off earlier suggestions that a foreign power was behind […]

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Fact Check: Trump’s Claims About His Response to the Coronavirus

As he declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, President Trump attempted to deflect criticisms of his administration’s response to the virus with inaccurate claims. Here’s a fact-check. what the facts are Mr. Trump wrongly blamed the Obama administration for coronavirus testing shortages and falsely said it “didn’t do testing” during the swine flu […]

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Trump’s False Claims About His Response to the Coronavirus

As he declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, President Trump attempted to deflect criticisms of his administration’s response to the virus with inaccurate claims. Here’s a fact-check. what the facts are Mr. Trump wrongly blamed the Obama administration for coronavirus testing shortages and falsely said it “didn’t do testing” during the swine flu […]

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Trump Administration Moves to Speed Coronavirus Testing

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved on Friday to dramatically speed up coronavirus testing, introducing an emergency hotline for private laboratories and new partnerships with companies developing tests that can detect the virus within an hour. The unit within the Department of Health and Human Services that does biomedical research will award over a million […]

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Why Have So Few Americans Been Tested for Coronavirus?

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The lack of coronavirus tests in the United States is a confusing problem. It’s not as if American scientists needed to invent a new test. Tests already exist — in small numbers in this country and in […]

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As Coronavirus Testing Increases, Some Labs Fear a Shortage of Other Supplies

Laboratories around the country are now facing potential shortages of key materials and chemicals needed to run tests for the novel coronavirus, as cases spread to more than two-thirds of the states and the global pandemic strains testing resources even further. Some lab directors say they are already beginning to run low of the supplies […]

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‘It’s Just Everywhere Already’: How Delays in Testing Set Back the U.S. Coronavirus Response

Dr. Helen Y. Chu, an infectious disease expert in Seattle, knew that the United States did not have much time. In late January, the first confirmed American case of the coronavirus had landed in her area. Critical questions needed answers: Had the man infected anyone else? Was the deadly virus already lurking in other communities […]

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Anyone Who Wants a Coronavirus Test Can Have One, Trump Says. Not Quite, Says His Administration.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Saturday continued sending contradictory signals about its response to the coronavirus, as a top federal health official appeared to walk back President Trump’s claim that “anyone who wants a test can get a test.” The health and human services secretary, Alex M. Azar II, cautioned that only those who […]

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Trump, His Eye on the Border, Overlooked the Coronavirus Threat

On Jan. 20, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found for the first time that the Covid-19 coronavirus had infected an American, a man from Snohomish County, Wash., who had returned from China five days earlier. “We have it totally under control,” President Trump said the next day. “It’s one person coming in […]

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Americans’ Demands for Coronavirus Tests Grow as Cases Spread

President Trump claimed again on Friday that anyone who needed a coronavirus test “gets a test.” But from Washington State to Florida to New York, doctors and patients are clamoring for tests that they say are in woefully short supply, and their frustration is mounting alongside the growing number of cases around the country. In […]

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