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Pharmacists to prescribe COVID-19 antivirals in an effort expand community access

Health Industry Hub | June 10, 2022 |
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Pharma News: Access to treatment for COVID-19 in the community has been widened, with dedicated pharmacists in New Zealand now able to prescribe antiviral medicines.

The decision to enable pharmacists to prescribe a specific medicine is independent from Medsafe’s decision to approve a medicine for use or Pharmac’s decision to fund a medicine.

Clinical Chief Advisor, Andi Shirtcliffe, Ministry of Health New Zealand, said “Increasing the range of prescribers will improve access to these medicines for a wider range of communities and get timely treatment to more of the people who are at risk of severe illness.”

Oral antivirals for COVID-19 therapy, including Pfizer’s Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir with ritonavir), MSD’s Lagevrio (molnupiravir) and Roche’s Ronapreve (casirivimab + imdevimab), were added to the pharmacist prescriber medicine list.

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GSK’s Xevudy (sotrovimab) has not been approved by Medsafe and therefore cannot be prescribed by pharmacists or other clinicians at this stage. However, adding the medicine to schedule will widen access in the event it is approved for use in New Zealand in the future.

The COVID-19 medicines were added to the pharmacist prescriber medicine list after consultation with the sector, including the Pharmacy Council, which ran between 22 April and 22 May. Of the submissions received, more than 90% agreed with the proposed additions to the schedule.


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