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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Michigan receives first batch of oral drugs to treat COVID-19

Michigan recently received the first shipment of authorized oral medications to treat COVID-19, the state Department of Health announced Friday.

The drugs, paxlovid and molanupiravir, were granted emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration in December. and are in limited supply. They are available by prescription only.

Elizabeth Hertel, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said the department has developed eligibility criteria for health care providers to determine which patients they should prescribe medications.

According to the state’s priority eligibility for COVID-19 outpatient therapy, health care providers should prioritize patients at risk for severe COVID-19.

According to the criteria updated on December 31, moderate to severely immunized patients, regardless of vaccination status, are eligible for the drug. People over 75 who have not been fully vaccinated nor received a booster shot are also eligible.

Patients who are 65-74 and have not been fully vaccinated can also receive molanupiravir, although the Department of Health states that the drug should be used when alternative treatment options, such as monoclonal antibody treatment, are accessible. or not be medically fit.

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