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Pharmacists Prepare for Antiviral COVID-19 Pills

The Ohio Pharmacists Association believes the pills will help significantly

A review panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) backed the benefits of Merck's COVID-19 antiviral pill. The review comes after final study results showed reduced hospitalizations and death from COVID-19 by 30 percent. The FDA is not bound by the panel's recommendation and is expected to make its own decision before the end of the year.

Contingent on Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA, 10 million courses of Pfizer's COVID-19 oral antiviral medicine have been secured by the White House, according to the Department of Health and Human Services earlier this month. Pharmacists are used to antiviral pills. The medications have treated many chronic or life-threatening viral infections.

The Ohio Pharmacists Association believes the COVID-19 antiviral pills that are set to be approved will help significantly during the pandemic.

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