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FDA authorizes first pill to treat COVID-19

1 month 6 days 12 hours ago Wednesday, December 22 2021 Dec 22, 2021 December 22, 2021 11:39 AM December 22, 2021 in News
Source: CNN

The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved use of Pfizer's antiviral pill, Paxlovid, to treat COVID-19 in high-risk individuals 12 years of age and older who weigh at least 88 pounds.

CNN reports this as the first antiviral COVID-19 pill authorized for those who are ill to take at home, before they get sick enough to be hospitalized.

Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement, "Pfizer stands ready to begin delivery in the U.S. immediately to help get PAXLOVID into the hands of appropriate patients as quickly as possible."

Paxlovid combines a new antiviral drug named nirmatrelvir and an older one called ritonavir.

Last week, Pfizer announced that treatment with the new drug cuts the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% if given to high-risk adults within a few days of their first symptoms.

If given within the first five days of symptoms, the efficacy was similar: 88%.

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