Anti-Covid pills arrive at the pharmacy: the general practitioner will prescribe them

This was confirmed by the Director General of the Italian Medicines Agency (Aifa), Nicola Magrini, during a press conference. The antiviral pills, according to the mechanism of distribution on behalf of third parties, will be purchased by the ASL which will make them available in pharmacies, and the citizen will be able to withdraw the medicine directly from the pharmacy, on the prescription of the general practitioner.

“I thank Federfarma for the willingness to distribute antivirals against Covid. These drugs will therefore be distributed on behalf of third parties in all Regions”. The confirmation came directly from the Director General of the Italian Medicines Agency (Aifa), Nicola Magrini, during a press conference at the Ministry of Health on the continuation of the vaccination campaign. Anti-Covid (antiviral) pills, according to the third-party distribution mechanism, will therefore be purchased by the ASL, which will make them available in pharmacies. Therefore, the citizen will be able to withdraw the antiviral directly from the pharmacy, on prescription from the general practitioner. It is a choice which, from now on, can favor the return to a more ordinary management of the health emergency. (COVID: THE LATEST NEWS LIVE – COVID VACCINE: DATA AND GRAPHS ON ADMINISTRATIONS IN ITALY, REGION BY REGION)

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In recent days, the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, had already hinted at openings on this front. “Now that we have more doses available, we want to allow GPs to prescribe to facilitate wider access,” the minister said. Decision which should lead to an acceleration of the start of oral treatments against Covid with Paxlovid from Pfizer and Molnupiravir from MSD, as well as an increase in the number of people treated with these drugs. In fact, until now, as reported in an article by the Republic, the use of the two molecules has been rather rare in Italy. One of the biggest problems concerns their prescription. Indeed, in recent months, after having been advised by his doctor, he had to obtain a prescription from the hospital specialist and then the therapy from the reference center. A complicated procedure that has hampered its use. Also, to work, these pills must be taken within five days of the onset of symptoms, by people with significant risk factors. It is precisely for this reason that the involvement of family doctors could make prescribing much faster than hospital prescriptions and speed up recruitment time.

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