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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes ["]First["] Oral Antiviral for Treatment of COVID-19
(nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets, co-packaged [!] for oral use) for the treatment of mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kilograms or about 88 pounds) with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death. Paxlovid™ [AKA "Pfizermectin"] is available by prescription only and should be initiated as soon as possible after diagnosis of COVID-19 and within five days of symptom onset.
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Paxlovid™ is not authorized for the pre-exposure [?!] or post-exposure prevention [?1!] of COVID-19 or for initiation of treatment in those requiring hospitalization due to severe or critical COVID-19. Paxlovid™ is not a substitute for vaccination in individuals for whom COVID-19 vaccination and a booster dose are recommended. The FDA has approved [licensed?] one vaccine [Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY®] and authorized others to prevent COVID-19 and serious clinical outcomes associated with a COVID-19 infection, including hospitalization and death. The FDA urges the public to get vaccinated and receive a booster if eligible.
by Cat on Wed Dec 22nd, 2021 at 06:40:40 PM EST
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