When Will The FDA Approve Paxlovid?

Source: Astral Codex Ten
by Scott Alexander

“[A] recent study by Pfizer, the pharma company backing the drug, found Paxlovid decreased hospitalizations and deaths from COVID by a factor of ten, with no detectable side effects. It was so good that Pfizer, ‘in consultation with’ the FDA, stopped the trial early because it would be unethical to continue denying Paxlovid to the control group. And on November 16, Pfizer officially submitted an approval request to the FDA, which the FDA is still considering. As many people including Zvi, Alex, and Kelsey have noted, it’s pretty weird that the FDA agrees Paxlovid is so great that it’s unethical to study it further because it would be unconscionable to design a study with a no-Paxlovid control group — but also, the FDA has not approved Paxlovid, it remains illegal, and nobody is allowed to use it.” (11/22/21)