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AU Health offers new COVID-19 prescription treatment

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Written by Lisa Kaylor

Patients who test positive for COVID-19 and are at high risk of getting very sick from the virus have a new first line of defense.

AU Health now offers Paxlovid, a pill that is now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the primary COVID-19 treatment. It is available by prescription only at local pharmacy retailers at no cost to patients.

Some retailers, such as select CVS stores, also offer test-to-treat options. Patients who receive a COVID-19 test at these locations can leave with prescription medication in hand. A list of these pharmacies, as well as retailers that carry Paxlovid, is available on the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response website.

Paxlovid is taken twice a day for five days and must be started within the first five days to be effective.

 

 

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Lisa Kaylor

Lisa Kaylor is the Lead Communications and Media Coordinator for AU Health. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-5292 or lkaylor@augusta.edu.