PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Access to FDA-approved COVID-19 pills is getting a little easier for high-risk patients in Palm Beach County.
Clinic providers will be able to prescribe both of the COVID-19 oral antiviral pills at no cost for patients who are at the highest risk of developing severe COVID-19 illness.
This includes patients as young as 12 years old with weakened immune systems, such as transplant patients, cancer patients and older adults who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are within the first five days of experiencing symptoms.
Both antiviral pills work best when taken within the first few days of having COVID-19.
The medications have been difficult to find in Florida since they were both approved by federal regulators in December.
Health officials continue to encourage the community to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to avoid serious illness and hospitalization.