Dementia expert says evidence behind Biogen Alzheimer’s drug ‘wasn’t sufficient’ for FDA approval

Dementia expert Dr. Jason Karlawish told CNBC he’s skeptical of the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Biogen‘s Alzheimer’s disease drug, Aduhelm, saying “the evidence to approve the drug wasn’t sufficient.” “Another study is needed to establish whether this drug, in fact, is effective. Unfortunately, the FDA approved the drug for marketing, although they also … Read more

FDA approves Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug, the first new therapy for the disease in nearly two decades

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Biogen Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab, making it the first drug cleared by U.S. regulators to slow cognitive decline in people living with Alzheimer’s and the first new medicine for the disease in nearly two decades. The FDA’s decision was highly anticipated. The drug, which is marketed under the … Read more

Fauci’s 2,000 emails a day show how little U.S. officials knew in the early days of the Covid pandemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director at the National Institute Of Allergy and Infectious Diseases attends a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the COVID-19 response, focusing on an update from federal officials, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 18, 2021. Anna Moneymaker | Pool | Reuters On April 12, 2020, an … Read more

WHO says Covid origin investigation is being ‘poisoned by politics’

Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergencies program Mike Ryan speaks at a news conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland. Denis Balibouse | Reuters A top World Health Organization official said Friday that investigations into the origins of Covid-19 are being “poisoned by politics.” U.S. President Joe Biden announced Wednesday … Read more

CDC study finds disparities in Covid vaccine rates between rural and urban areas

A healthcare worker from the El Paso Fire Department administers the Moderna vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a vaccination centre near the Santa Fe International Bridge, in El Paso, Texas, May 7, 2021. Jose Luis Gonzalez | Reuters People in rural areas are receiving the Covid-19 vaccines at a lower rate than those … Read more

From employer mandates to TV ads: What full FDA approval could mean for Covid vaccines

Vials and a medical syringe seen displayed in front of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States logo. FDA finds the COVID-19 vaccine. Pavlo Gonchar | LightRocket | Getty Images Pfizer and BioNTech have already started their application for full U.S. approval of their Covid-19 vaccine. Rival Moderna is expected to submit … Read more

CDC cheered and criticized for new mask guidance; retail workers don’t want to be vaccine ‘police’

A person sits in Bryant Park after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new guidelines regarding outdoor mask wearing and vaccination during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., April 27, 2021. Andrew Kelly | Reuters Disney was quick to announce that it plans … Read more

Five things to know before CDC panel votes on Pfizer’s vaccine for use in adolescents

A student gets her first Pfizer Biontech COVID vaccine at Ridley High School, May, 3, 2021 as part of a clinic for students age 16-18. Pete Bannan | MediaNews Group | Daily Times via Getty Images A key CDC advisory panel is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to recommend expanding usage of Pfizer‘s and … Read more

FDA permits use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine in kids ages 12 to 15

A group of teenagers serving as ‘Covid-19 Student Ambassadors’ joined Governor Gretchen Whitmer to receive a dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine at Ford Field during an event to promote and encourage Michigan residents to go and get their vaccines on April 6, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Matthew Hatcher | Getty Images The Food and … Read more

Fauci says face masks could become seasonal after Covid pandemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases testifies at the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on the Capitol Hill in Washington, April 15, 2021. Susan Walsh | Pool | Reuters WASHINGTON — White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that people may decide to wear … Read more