Dr. Scott Gottlieb Says Feds to Blame for Merck Pill Delays into 2022: ‘This is the Government’

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Former Food and Drug Administration chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Monday he faults the federal government for delays that were likely to prevent Merck’s Covid-19 pill from reaching the market until 2022.

Merck on Monday submitted an application to the FDA for an Emergency Use Authorization enabling distribution of its Covid-19 drug, molnupiravir, to treat patients who have the virus. However, Gottlieb said that regardless of his former agency’s decision, it was unlikely the pill would reach a wide swath of the market before 2022.

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