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FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: June 2nd, 2020

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Silver Spring, MDThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic:

On May 29th, the FDA issued a new FDA Voices, Bringing a Cancer Doctor’s Perspective to FDA’s Response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic.

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It explains how the agency plays a pivotal role helping to both move new medical products to patients as soon as possible and evaluate the potential benefits and risks of these new products. 

The FDA issued a Consumer Update, Understanding the Regulatory Terminology of Potential Preventions and Treatments for COVID-19 Coronavirus. Scientists are working hard to develop a number of potential drugs for the prevention or treatment of coronavirus, but none are currently approved by the FDA for these purposes.

The language used to describe potential therapies can be confusing, and there’s public interest around the FDA’s work to ensure access to potentially life-saving treatments. This Consumer Update explains some of the regulatory terminology.

Testing updates:

During the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the FDA has worked with more than 400 test developers who have already submitted, or said they will be submitting, EUA requests to the FDA for tests that detect the virus or antibodies to the virus.

To date, the FDA has authorized 117 tests under EUAs, which include 101 molecular tests, 15 antibody tests, and 1 antigen test.

Additional Resources:


Consumer Inquiries: 888.INFO.FDA

 


About the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.


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