FDA Approves Drug To Battle Smallpox

According to UPI.com, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat smallpox. The drug, which was developed by SIGA Technologies and has been used in trials with animals and humans, has been given the brand name TPOXX. Even though the World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1980, the U.S. government fears it could be used as a bioweapon. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement, "To address the risk of bioterrorism, Congress has taken steps to enable the development and approval of countermeasures to thwart pathogens that could be employed as weapon."


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