Medicine

FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Anthrax Exposure

Maybe it will stop cranks from mailing white powder to people

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Federal health officials say they approved a new injectable drug from Human Genome Sciences to treat inhalable anthrax.

The Food and Drug Administration says raxibacumab will provide an alternative to antibiotic drugs that are currently the standard treatment for anthrax infection.

Inhalation anthrax occurs when people breathe in the spores of Bacillus anthracis bacteria. The infection is treated with a 60-day course of antibiotics.