POLITICO Playbook Chief Politics Reporter Dan Balz (@DanBalz) August 24, 2019 10:00am EDT 10:01am EDT The Associated Press reports that the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the use of an antibiotic called azithromycin to treat the flu and pneumonia in pregnant women.
Azithromycycin is used to treat infections caused by influenza, including coronavirus.
It’s not clear when or how the FDA will take the drug from the market.
Azithromycins can be taken in tablet or capsule form.
The drug can be given as an oral capsule, a gel, or a liquid form.
The FDA has not said how many people are being treated with the drug.
It was approved to treat flu-like symptoms in March 2018, and the FDA says it’s been used to control the flu in more than 2.5 million people.
The FDA says the drug is not for use during pregnancy.
“Azithromcin is not intended to treat pregnancy.
If pregnant women have an underlying medical condition that makes them more susceptible to the flu, azithromcins are not indicated,” the agency said in a statement.
However, the drug can cause severe side effects for people who are allergic to it, and it can be deadly to pregnant women who are at higher risk for the flu.
The drug was approved in February 2019 for use in pregnant and nursing women to prevent severe flu-related complications.
This week, a study showed that the drug was effective in slowing the spread of the flu from humans to animals.