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    COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Treatments

    Updated: April 2022

     

    The FDA has authorized the use of two oral (pill) medications for mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19: 

     

    • Pfizer’s Paxlovid

      • Available to individuals 12+ within 5 days of symptom onset after testing positive who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death

    • Merck’s  Molnupiravir

      • Available to individuals 18+ within 5 days of symptom onset after testing positive who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death

     

    The treatment MUST be prescribed by a physician, nurse practitioner, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant. Rite Aid pharmacists cannot prescribe either of these medications; please get tested and, if positive, talk to your doctor. 

     

    These treatments are not substitutions for the protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines, but they can help reduce severe disease and hospitalization. These medications cannot be used for pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis for prevention of COVID-19.

     

    Prescription Pickup

     

    In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, we encourage customers filling either of these prescriptions at Rite Aid to take advantage of either prescription delivery or our drive-thru window. If neither of these options is available to you, please send someone who has tested negative for COVID-19 to pick up the prescription on your behalf.