Biden aims to ensure access to COVID-19 therapeutics

2021-11-24

New antiviral drugs for COVID-19 won't make a significant difference in efforts to reduce the pandemic's impact if patient access barriers cannot be overcome, experts say. The Biden administration is investing $650 million to expand production of rapid tests and promulgated a rule allowing pharmacists to prescribe, dispense and administer drugs for COVID-19, and other steps to reducing barriers could include allowing standing orders for the drugs and prescribing them as prevention for immunocompromised patients with suspected exposure.

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