Two new anti-viral drugs for COVID

Two new viral drugs promise to reduce the health burden from COVID.

So far, Covid vaccines have played a pivotal role in reducing Cases, Hospitalisations and Deaths from Covid.

Two new drugs, one from Pfizer and another from Merck promise to provide a new way to fight the virus in vulnerable people.

The oral pills from Pfizer is called Paxlovid. Paxlovid is a combination of two drugs. One drug is a new antiviral drug developed by Pfizer and is called PF-07321332. Another drug is called ritonavir, and ritonavir is already being used to treat HIV/Aids.

The Merck drug is known by the brand name Lagevrio [chemical name is molnupiravir]. This drug is approved by U.K. regulators and is ready to be used in the NHS. The Pfizer drug is yet to be evaluated by authorities for approval.

References

Lagevrio 200 mg hard capsules. eMC SPC

Ritonavir Mylan 100 mg film coated tablets. eMC SPC

Wiki. Paxlovid.

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@iansample
Fri 5 Nov 2021 14.10 GMT

Guardian. UK first to approve oral antiviral molnupiravir to treat Covid
Pill can be taken twice daily at home and priority will be given to elderly patients and those with health vulnerabilities

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@iansample
Thu 4 Nov 2021 12.38 GMT

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