Why the FDA Just Approved a Drug for Smallpox, nearly 40 Years After the Disease Was Eradicated

(July 13), the agency announced it has approved TPOXX (generic name: tecovirimat), the first drug that specifically treats smallpox. Yes, smallpox, the disease that was eradicated from the world in 1980, thanks to a global vaccination campaign. (Eradication means that cases of the disease no longer occur naturally.)