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Thai health ministry proposes easing rules on cannabis use

Jan. 20, 2022 10:15 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand, which in 2020 became the first Southeast Asian nation to decriminalize the production and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, moved Thursday to further loosen regulations on the drug. The Public Health Ministry’s Food and Drug Administration proposed...

4 Arkansas inmates sue jail, doctor for receiving ivermectin

Jan. 13, 2022 14:18 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Four inmates at a northwest Arkansas jail sued the facility and its doctor Thursday after they said were unknowingly prescribed ivermectin to treat COVID-19 despite health officials' warnings that the anti-parasitic drug shouldn't be used for that purpose. ...

Omicron may be headed for a rapid drop in Britain, US

Jan. 12, 2022 09:02 AM EST

Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically. The reason: The variant has proved so wildly contagious that it may already be running...

FDA shortens timing of Moderna booster to 5 months

Jan. 07, 2022 12:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday shortened the time that people who received Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine have to wait for a booster — to five months rather than six. The two-dose Moderna vaccine is open to Americans 18 and older. The Food and Drug Administration's...

FDA expands Pfizer boosters for more teens as omicron surges

Jan. 03, 2022 13:03 PM EST

The U.S. is expanding COVID-19 boosters as it confronts the omicron surge, with the Food and Drug Administration allowing extra Pfizer shots for children as young as 12. Boosters already are recommended for everyone 16 and older, and federal regulators on Monday decided they’re...

Tennessee gets first shipment of oral antiviral COVID drugs

Dec. 30, 2021 13:34 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has received its first shipments of oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19, the Tennessee Department of Health said on Thursday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization for two oral COVID-19 treatments:...

Do at-home COVID-19 tests detect the omicron variant?

Dec. 30, 2021 13:17 PM EST

Do at-home COVID-19 tests detect the omicron variant? Yes, but U.S. health officials say early data suggests they may be less sensitive at picking it up. Government recommendations for using at-home tests haven't changed. People should continue to use them when a...

EXPLAINER: What COVID-19 therapies are available in US?

Dec. 24, 2021 09:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. recently added two new weapons to its small arsenal against the coronavirus: pills that patients can take at home to treat COVID-19. The drugs from Pfizer and Merck join a handful of other therapies that have been shown to blunt the worst effects of the...

Alabama to get limited supply of new COVID-19 treatment

Dec. 23, 2021 15:49 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases on the rise in Alabama, the state will have a limited number of doses of a new drug that can be used to treat the illness, health officials said Thursday. The state's initial supply of 780 courses of the Pfizer oral...

Pfizer pill becomes 1st US-authorized home COVID treatment

Dec. 22, 2021 16:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans will be able to take at home to head off the worst effects of the virus. The long-awaited milestone comes as U.S. cases, hospitalizations and deaths are...