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May 30 2022
The Covid-19 treatment from Pfizer Inc. has become the leading pandemic pill prescribed in the U.S., as supplies have improved and its availability at pharmacies widened.
Pfizer’s antiviral drug, called Paxlovid, totaled more than 412,000 prescriptions through May 6, compared with about 110,000 prescriptions of molnupiravir, an antiviral from Merck & Co. and RidgebackWall Street Journal (News)
Nov 04 2021
The first pill designed to treat symptomatic Covid has been approved by the UK medicines regulator.
The tablet - molnupiravir - will be given twice a day to vulnerable patients recently diagnosed with the disease.
In clinical trials the pill, originally developed to treat flu, cut the risk of hospitalisation or death by about half.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said theBBC News
Nov 04 2021
Britain has become the first country to approve an antiviral COVID-19 treatment that can be taken as a pill at home.
The UK national medicines regulator, the MHRA, announced on Nov. 4 that the antiviral Lagevrio (molnupiravir) had been authorised to treat mild to moderate COVID-19—in those with other risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes, or those over 60 years old.
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Dec 27 2021
According to a report from NBC News, experts are warning that new antiviral pills to treat COVID-19 may not be safe for everyone.
Pfizer's Paxlovid pills were authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week for high-risk individuals, but there are concerns about how the medication will mix with treatments for other ailments. A pharmaceutical scientist told NBC News thatNewsmax (News) NBC News (Online) The Hill
Mar 21 2022
High-risk COVID-19 patients now have new treatments they can take at home to stay out of the hospital — if doctors get the pills to them fast enough.
Health systems around the country are rushing out same-day prescription deliveries. Some clinics have started testing and treating patients in one visit, an initiative that President Joe Biden’s administration recently touted.
Feb 07 2022
Some pharmacies are getting paid as little as $1 to dispense the COVID antiviral pills made by Pfizer and Merck.
Why it matters: Most pharmacies want to offer the drugs, especially the one from Pfizer that drastically cuts the odds of hospitalization and death. But low payments could hurt Americans' ability to access the pills in some areas if pharmacies decide they can't afford toAxios
Dec 19 2021
Covid-19 cases were already beginning to surge around the world before scientists in South Africa identified the omicron variant. Two Covid antiviral treatments developed by Merck and Pfizer are seen by some public health officials as key to controlling renewed outbreaks, especially for areas that lack access to vaccines or face large numbers of people who refuse to take them. Several IndianForbes
Nov 16 2021
Pfizer announced a deal on Tuesday to allow its promising Covid-19 treatment to be made and sold inexpensively in 95 poorer nations that are home to more than half of the world’s population.
The agreement follows a similar arrangement negotiated by Merck last month, and together the deals have the potential to vastly expand global production of two simple antiviral pills that couldNew York Times (News)
Mar 10 2021
President Joe Biden will announce Wednesday that the United States plans to order another 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from Johnson & Johnson, according to two officials familiar with the decision.
Biden is set to meet Wednesday afternoon with the pharmaceutical company and its production partner, Merck.
The planned purchase would bring the country's total vaccine orderPolitico