FDA has revised the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s (NYSE:PFE) Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir and ritonavir) to allow state-licensed pharmacists to prescribe the drug to some patients with a high risk of COVID-19.
While the move allows pharmacists to prescribe Paxlovid, it has limits. It instructs the professionals to refer patients to a physician if there is insufficient information to assess patients’ renal and hepatic function and the potential for a drug interaction. In addition, the updated EUA requires a physician to potentially modify the prescription of other medications to avoid an adverse drug interaction. As a result, pharmacists will not be able to prescribe the drug to patients with a potential drug interaction risk who are not able to be monitored.
The FDA rules also require pharmacists to confirm that Paxlovid is an appropriate treatment based on a Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers.
To verify eligibility, pharmacists must ensure t…