GPs set to prescribe new antivirals to prevent COVID-19 progression

The approval broadens the drug options to keep patients out of hospital, health authorities say

GPs will soon have the option of prescribing two new oral antivirals for patients with COVID-19 following TGA approval, Minister for Health Greg Hunt has confirmed.

Professor John Skerritt.
Professor John Skerritt.

The drugs, nirmatrelvir-ritonavir (Paxlovid) and molnupiravir (Lagevrio) are indicated for patients with COVID-19 in the community who are at increased risk of requiring hospitalisation.