OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) – If you test positive for COVID-19, there are more treatment options available in Tri-State than you might think.
Owensboro Health would like to remind you that they have the tools to help.
Pfizer’s COVID-19 oral treatment, Paxlovid, is a pill that was previously in high demand and difficult to get your hands on.
Now supply is no longer an issue but demand is no longer there.
Pharmacists in Owensboro say they think people have forgotten they have this option to help treat the patient’s COVID symptoms.
Owensboro Health’s director of 24-hour pharmacy, Jason Colllins, says you should not wait until three or four days after seeing symptoms. The sooner you can get a positive test, the sooner you may be eligible to take Paxlovid.
“So right now we have a huge range of infusions as well as oral therapy, both of which are very effective,” Collins said. “I think the key is to remind patients that it is available. If you have a positive test, be sure to talk to your provider and mention that this is a therapy you are interested in because there are two options you can do and both are very effective. “
Owensboro Health’s director of outpatient pharmacy, BC Childress, says they’re the only hospital in the area where you can get it, and it’s ready when you need it.
“In fact, it is the demand that is behind us, not the supply issue,” Childress said. “We kind of saw with the vaccine and some of the monoclonal antibodies in the beginning that everyone wanted it and we did not have enough to give it to everyone at once. That is not the case with Paxlovid. We have the supply, we can get it in regularly. It’s mostly on our shelves right now. “
Owensboro Health Pharmacists say that with Paxlovid, some patients say their symptoms go away within a day or two.
They add that the Paxlovid pill has a success rate of 89% and is affective towards the Omicron variant.
But they want to remind patients that this pill is a last resort, only after you have been vaccinated and boosted.
Paxlovid is not a substitute for the vaccine.
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