What is Tpoxx? The Monkeypox Treatment Drug That’s Hard to Get

The only drug available to treat monkeypox is so difficult to access that just a fraction of the nearly 7,000 patients in the United States have been given it.

Health officials have designated tecovirimat, also called Tpoxx, an “investigational drug,” which they say means it cannot be released from the strategic national stockpile without a series of convoluted bureaucratic steps. But most doctors do not have the time or resources to fill out the required 27-page application or to provide the detailed patient information.

It doesn’t have to be this way, experts say: There is no law preventing federal officials from changing those rules and making the drug more widely available.

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