PBAC fast-tracks molnupiravir for streamlined authority listing

The federal Department of Health has offered advice on splitting the capsules to make an oral solution

GPs are a step closer to prescribing COVID-19 antivirals on the PBS after a fast-tracked recommendation on Friday for the listing of molnupiravir.

Molnupiravir

Molnupiravir (Lagevrio from Merck Sharp & Dohme) and nirmatrelvir–ritonavir (Paxlovid from Pfizer) have been available through the National Medical Stockpile for about two weeks, with officials warning PBS listings might be “months away”.

However, on Friday, the PBAC made a positive recommendation for Lagevrio to receive a streamlined authority listing for patients

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