COVID 19 Tech

Merck’s Thor-inspired COVID treatment hammered for $700 price—a 46x markup

Enlarge / Merck & Co. headquarters in San Francisco, California. (credit: Getty | Sundry Photography) A storm is brewing over the pricing and licensing of Merck’s antiviral pill molnupiravir, which the pharmaceutical giant says can halve the risk of hospitalization and death in high-risk COVID-19 patients. Merck’s advance purchase agreement with the US government pegs […]


We pee or flush drugs into waterways—does that matter to aquatic life?

Enlarge (credit: National Park Service) When people flush their old prescription (or off-prescription) drugs, the compounds invariably make their way into the waters nearby. The same is true even when people using these chemicals urinate them into the sewage system. Once there, these compounds—from prozac to cocaine—can end up in the bodies of aquatic creatures. […]