Matthew Perrone, KOTA Territory News

Matthew Perrone

KOTA Territory News

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Matthew:

US health officials approve closely watched Alzheimer’s drug

The drug, Leqembi, is the first that’s been convincingly shown to slow the decline in memory and thinking that defines Alzheimer’s by targeting the disease’s underlying biology. → Read More

FDA finalizes rule allowing mail-order abortion pills

Tuesday’s action formally updates the drug’s labeling to allow women to get a prescription via telehealth consultation with a health professional, and then receive the pills through the mail, where permitted by law. → Read More

Juul reaches settlements covering more than 5,000 cases

Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Juul said that it has secured an equity investment to fund it. → Read More

Sleep apnea device recall drags on, stoking anger from users

Sound-dampening foam in the pressurized breathing machines can break down over time, leading users to potentially inhale tiny black particles or hazardous chemicals while they sleep, manufacturer Philips warned. → Read More

Many baby formula plants weren’t inspected because of COVID

The gap in baby formula plant inspections, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, is getting new scrutiny from Congress and government watchdogs investigating the series of missteps that led to the crisis. → Read More

Abbott restarts baby formula plant linked to contamination

The February shutdown of the largest formula factory in the country led to supply problems. → Read More

Biden offers logistics support to ease formula shortage

President Joe Biden is offering formula manufacturers and retailers transportation and logistics support to ease the nationwide shortage of baby formula. → Read More

EXPLAINER: What’s behind the baby formula shortage?

Many parents are hunting for infant formula after a combination of short- and long-term problems hit most of the biggest U.S. brands. → Read More

US begins offering 1 billion free COVID tests, but many more needed

The website,, allows people to order four at-home tests per household and have them delivered by mail. But the tests won’t arrive for seven to 12 days. → Read More

Omicron may sideline two leading drugs against COVID-19

The rapidly-spreading omicron variant may soon leave U.S. doctors without two of the standard treatments they’ve used to fight COVID-19. → Read More

Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron

Pfizer says that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. → Read More

US expands Pfizer COVID boosters, opens extra dose to age 16

On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization for 16- and 17-year-olds to get a third dose of the vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech -- if it’s been six months since their last shot. → Read More

New COVID-19 antibody drug OK’d to protect most vulnerable

The drug could benefit cancer patients, organ transplant recipients and people with severe allergies to vaccinations. → Read More

Final US hurdle for Merck’s COVID-19 pill: FDA panel review

The Food and Drug Administration is asking its outside experts whether the agency should authorize the pill, weighing new information that it is less effective than first reported and may cause birth defects. → Read More

FDA: Merck COVID pill effective; experts will review safety

The Food and Drug Administration posted its analysis of the pill ahead of a public meeting next week where academic and other experts will weigh in on its safety and effectiveness. → Read More

COVID-19 pill cut hospitalization, death by 90%, Pfizer says

Pfizer said it will ask the FDA and international regulators to authorize its pill as soon as possible, after independent experts recommended halting the company’s study based on the strength of its results. Once Pfizer applies, the FDA could make a decision within weeks or months. → Read More

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective in kids

Details of the study were posted online Friday as U.S. regulators consider opening vaccinations to youngsters 5 to 11. → Read More

FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

J&J has asked the Food and Drug Administration for flexibility with its booster, arguing the extra dose adds important protection as early as two months after initial vaccination - but that it might work better if people wait until six months later. → Read More

FDA authorizes first e-cigarettes, cites benefit for smokers

Heath officials have authorized the first electronic cigarettes in the U.S., saying the R.J. Reynolds vaping products can benefit adult smokers. → Read More

Next on FDA’s agenda: Booster shots of Moderna, J&J vaccines

On Thursday and Friday, the Food and Drug Administration convenes its independent advisers for the first stage in the process of deciding whether extra doses of the two vaccines should be dispensed and, if so, who should get them and when. The final go-ahead is not expected for at least another week. → Read More