CNBC: FDA clears Moderna and Pfizer’s Covid vaccine booster shots for all U.S. adults

CNBC: FDA clears Moderna and Pfizer’s Covid vaccine booster shots for all U.S. adults. “The Food and Drug Administration authorized Moderna and Pfizer’s Covid booster shots for all U.S. adults on Friday, belatedly fulfilling a critical part of the Biden administration’s plan to administer extra doses to the general public as growing data demonstrates the efficacy of vaccines wanes over time.”

New York Times: Pfizer asks the F.D.A. to authorize its Covid antiviral pill.

New York Times: Pfizer asks the F.D.A. to authorize its Covid antiviral pill.. “Pfizer has applied to the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its antiviral pill to treat unvaccinated people with Covid-19 who are at high risk of becoming severely ill, the company said on Tuesday. The drug, which will be sold under the brand name Paxlovid, could become available within weeks if authorization is granted. It is meant to be dispensed by pharmacies and taken at home.”

‘Growing safety issue’: FDA issues warning about hand sanitizers (WJW)

WJW: ‘Growing safety issue’: FDA issues warning about hand sanitizers. “The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about all alcohol-based hand sanitizers. People are getting it in their eyes ‘from splashing or touching,’ and it’s causing severe irritation and damage to the surface of the eye. The FDA says though all ages have been affected, most cases have been seen in children.”

Mississippi Free Press: Pfizer Asks FDA To Authorize COVID Vaccine For Children 5 to 11 After Positive Trials

Mississippi Free Press: Pfizer Asks FDA To Authorize COVID Vaccine For Children 5 to 11 After Positive Trials. “Pfizer and BioNTech have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve their COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5 to 11, Pfizer announced this morning. If the FDA approves an emergency use authorization, it would be the first time a COVID-19 vaccine was available for children younger than 12.”

Motherboard: The FDA Was Internally Thrilled Over That Viral Horse Paste Tweet

Motherboard: The FDA Was Internally Thrilled Over That Viral Horse Paste Tweet. “Internal documents obtained by Motherboard through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the federal Food and Drug Administration was absolutely delighted to do a fire tweet discouraging the use of ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. In internal emails, supervisors with the agency’s public affairs office congratulated the author of the tweet for their ‘clever (humorous)’ approach, suggesting the agency will employ more humor in its desperate, often ineffective efforts to keep the American public from continuing to poison themselves with unproven treatments for the novel coronavirus.”

CNN: FDA vaccine advisers vote to recommend booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine in people 65 and older and those at high risk

CNN: FDA vaccine advisers vote to recommend booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine in people 65 and older and those at high risk. “Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted Friday to recommend emergency use authorization of a booster dose of Pfizer’s vaccine to people 65 and older and those at high risk of severe Covid-19 six months after they get their first two shots. But the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee rejected a broader application to approve booster doses of Pfizer’s vaccines for everyone 16 and older six months after they are fully vaccinated.”

CNN: FDA’s vaccine advisers meet to decide whether Americans need boosters

CNN: FDA’s vaccine advisers meet to decide whether Americans need boosters. “The all-day meeting will be packed with presentations. They’ll include Pfizer/BioNTech, which is arguing that there’s enough evidence of waning immunity to justify giving booster doses to people. The FDA will present its own take on the data that’s been sent to the agency so far — although written briefing materials published before the meeting suggest the agency is remaining neutral for the time being.”

Poynter: Thalidomide, morning-sickness drug that caused disabilities, wasn’t FDA-approved for pregnant women

Poynter: Thalidomide, morning-sickness drug that caused disabilities, wasn’t FDA-approved for pregnant women. “Thalidomide was widely prescribed to pregnant mothers around the world before it was shown to cause thousands of cases of babies born with disabilities, such as missing and malformed limbs. But the post gets a key fact wrong: The FDA didn’t approve thalidomide for pregnant women.”

Fierce Pharma: Show me the funny: FDA social media account gets spunky, adding wit and wordplay to combat misinformation

Fierce Pharma: Show me the funny: FDA social media account gets spunky, adding wit and wordplay to combat misinformation. “Last week, the FDA Twitter account posted, ‘You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.’ The post linked to an article discouraging use of ivermectin, commonly used to treat parasites in animals, to treat COVID-19. Spurred by serious reports of people hospitalized after self-medicating with the veterinary drug, the cheeky tweet contained a serious message. And that’s the point, says the FDA.”

Route Fifty: Full FDA Approval of Pfizer Vaccine Prompts Swift Mandates for State, Local Government Workers

Route Fifty: Full FDA Approval of Pfizer Vaccine Prompts Swift Mandates for State, Local Government Workers. “Cities, states and universities began enacting Covid-19 vaccine mandates Monday afternoon after the Food and Drug Administration announced full approval of the two-dose Pfizer shot. The vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, had been available in the United States under an emergency use authorization since December. That order remains in place for children between the ages of 12 and 15, and for extra doses for some immunocompromised patients.”