Late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19. The emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-produced drug, Paxlovid, marked a significant turning point in national efforts to fight the virus.
Still, this encouraging news might have left you with a lot of lingering questions: What is the purpose of Paxlovid? Who’s authorized to take it? What are the limitations of the drug? Below, Lee Nguyen, PharmD, associate clinical professor of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice at the UC Irvine College of Health Sciences, answers your COVID-19 antiviral pill questions.
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