• FDA limits use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine, citing clotting risk

    13 days ago - By STAT

    The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced it was limiting access to Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine because of the risk of a clotting disorder that was discovered weeks after the vaccine was first put into use in the spring of 2021.
    The agency said that a review of the available data on the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia - or TTS - suggested limiting access to the vaccine is warranted. The condition, though rare, can be fatal.
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  • Prisons didn't prescribe much Paxlovid or other Covid-19 treatments, even when they got the drugs

    14 days ago - By STAT

    Federal prisons utilized just a fraction of the antiviral drugs they were allocated to keep incarcerated people from getting seriously ill or dying of Covid-19, according to new internal records from the Bureau of Prisons.
    Prison officials have only prescribed 363 doses of antivirals since the first such drug proven to work, Gilead's remdesivir, was authorized in May 2020. At least 55,000 of the roughly 137,000 people held in federal prisons have contracted Covid-19; roughly 300 have died.
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