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Most states don’t require a prescription to get an RSV vaccine
Florida Surgeon General’s claim that the updated COVID vaccines weren’t clinically tested, including on humans, is misleading
The Florida Surgeon General misleadingly claimed there are no human trials for the new mRNA COVID XBB boosters. Here’s how the manufacturers tested them.
Vicks VapoRub is toxic to consume and should not be used for teeth whitening
A viral post claims Vicks can whiten teeth. But the topical medicine contains toxins that if ingested can trigger seizures and other serious health problems.
Yes, negotiated drug prices for Medicare are set to take effect in 2026
The first 10 drugs selected for Medicare price negotiation include Jardiance and Eliquis. But any lower prices aren’t set to take effect until 2026.
New drug classification proposal could make marijuana federally legal with a prescription
Marijuana is illegal for medicinal and recreational uses under federal law, but a new Biden administration proposal could change that.
The new RSV vaccines are not available to anybody who wants one
The two FDA approved RSV vaccines are not available to anybody who wants them. They are only available to seniors and people who are pregnant.
No, the new COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available
When is the new COVID-19 vaccine going to be available and who should consider an RSV vaccine? We VERIFY.
Ivermectin is not FDA-approved treatment for COVID-19
An interview on Fox Business Network sparked speculation that the FDA “quietly approved” ivermectin as treatment for COVID-19. That’s false.
VERIFY Fact Sheet: the EG.5 COVID-19 variant | Facts you should know
EG.5, which is a descendant of XBB and omicron, is now the most common COVID-19 strain in the United States as of August 2023.
No, there isn’t a new disease called ‘Disease X’
Disease X is a placeholder name for a hypothetical disease that could emerge in the future. It isn’t currently spreading and causing symptoms.
No, you should not use rubbing alcohol to clean your wound
Rubbing alcohol can break down healthy skin cells, slowing down the healing process.
Most ginger ales won’t help a stomachache because they don’t contain ginger
Ginger ale may be a household go-to for an upset stomach, but for some people, drinking the soda could actually make things worse.
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