2 anti-viral pills to fight COVID-19 offered at select NJ Walgreens; prescription needed
Two anti-viral pills that can fight off COVID-19 are now being offered at select pharmacies in New Jersey.
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There are 50 Walgreens locations that have the prescription-only pills.
One is called Paxlovid by Pfizer, and the other is Molnupiravir by Merck.
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Both pills are for those who are COVID-positive and at risk for severe illness and hospitalization.
Clinical trials showed that both need to be taken by those at risk within three to five days of COVID-19 symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services are sending them out to areas most in need.
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More pharmacies are expected to have the pills as supplies increase.
Federal officials say these anti-virals could save lives and help the U.S. get out of the pandemic, but these pills are not a replacement for vaccinations.
Information about where the pills can be found is located on HealthData.gov.