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U.S. health panel says Merck pill can prevent grave COVID infections

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Covered by insurance?

Out of pocket costs for full treatment?

I'm optimistic, but would feel better after 50K others have taken it successfully.

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But the report, from an FDA advisory panel, cautioned that pregnant women should not use the drug, known as molnupiravir, saying the potential benefits do not outweigh the risks for those patients.

Yeah, the potential mutagenic effect can appear rapidly in that case. But I worry about the potential long term effects that such a molecule may have on the patients, such as cancers, which will show up years later.

We should stick with those repurposed drugs that are at least equally effective, but have excellent long term safety profiles.

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Yeah, the potential mutagenic effect can appear rapidly in that case. But I worry about the potential long term effects that such a molecule may have on the patients, such as cancers, which will show up years later.

There are ways to check for this possibility in the laboratory, both using cells and laboratory animals, contrary to the uninformed people ideas there is no need to way for years to be able to say the risk of developing cancer is not elevated for drugs used on short periods.

We should stick with those repurposed drugs that are at least equally effective, but have excellent long term safety profiles.

The drugs you keep pushing (ivermectin and HCQ) are nowhere equally effective, in fact neither have shown any positive effect in the treating of COVID patient that could offset their inherent risks for the health. That would make using them even worse than not using anything.

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