COVID-19 Antiviral Therapeutics
New COVID-19 Therapeutics
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for antiviral medications by Pfizer and Merck for the treatment of COVID-19 infection. Shipments of these products have begun in very limited quantities. Similar to last year’s vaccine rollout, states will select their pharmacy partners and oversee distribution.
We are currently expecting to receive small quantities of the COVID-19 therapeutics in select stores in Kansas, Texas and Utah. It is unclear at this time when additional states and locations will receive these products.
If you have a prescription for a COVID-19 therapeutic, please present it to the pharmacy team at a participating location. Where possible, use the drive thru or walk-up window.
While these oral medications have been shown to be effective in reducing hospitalization and death, vaccines remain the most effective tool we have for preventing severe illness. Vaccines are conveniently available in all locations. If you have yet to receive your COVID-19 vaccine, make an appointment today.
Information last updated: 01/03/2022 at 01:39 p.m. ET.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
This medication must be started within 3-5 days of symptoms and will require testing by a prescriber to receive a prescription. Once a valid prescription is written, patients can take it to select pharmacies. Since current supply is very limited, having a valid prescription does not guarantee the product will be available in your neighborhood.
Pharmacies will bill your insurance plan for the handling and distribution of the medication. If you do not have insurance, you will not be charged for the service.
Pharmacies cannot order this medication. Participating pharmacies are automatically sent a predetermined amount of medication when product is available. If your pharmacy doesn’t carry the medication, visit the HHS site to find the closest location.
Select pharmacies are not allowed to put this medication on hold for patients with valid prescriptions. It’s best to go to the pharmacy drive thru window directly after your appointment as medication will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.