DVA Provider News article - August 2022.

COVID-19 oral antiviral medicine information

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the role of GPs is becoming even more important for managing at-risk patients in the veteran community.

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An estimated 35,000 DVA patients are considered higher risk for becoming seriously unwell and needing hospitalisation if they develop COVID-19 infection.

While vaccination continues to be the most important and beneficial intervention to prevent severe illness, two oral antiviral medicines may help prevent hospitalisation in such patients.

Nirmatrelvir and ritonavir (Paxlovid®) and molnupiravir (Lagevrio®) have been listed on the PBS for use in non-pregnant patients 18 years and older who have at least one symptom and have tested positive by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid antigen test (RAT) for COVID-19 and meet the eligibility criteria.

For more information on eligibility criteria, please visit the following:

For more information, visit the Veterans’ MATES website where you will find a factsheet for health professionals and in particular, there is access to an online medicine interaction checker for prescribing Paxlovid® as well as useful planning tools to use with your patients BEFORE they become COVID positive.

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