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An NPR investigation has identified more than 30 medical practices in more than a dozen states promoting unproven claims that the drug thymosin alpha-1, which is administered via injection, can prevent or treat COVID-19. Photo illustration by Carol Smiljan/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Web Of 'Wellness' Doctors Promote Injections Of Unproven Coronavirus Treatment

An NPR investigation has identified a web of more than 30 medical practices and compounding pharmacies in over a dozen states that have made claims about thymosin alpha-1 online and on social media.

An NPR investigation has identified more than 30 medical practices in more than a dozen states promoting unproven claims that the drug thymosin alpha-1, which is administered via injection, can prevent or treat COVID-19. Photo illustration by Carol Smiljan/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Web Of 'Wellness' Doctors Promote Injections Of Unproven Coronavirus Treatment

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