PBS lists second oral coronavirus antiviral for GP use

The Federal Government added nirmatrelvir–ritonavir (Paxlovid) for older patients at high risk of disease progression on 1 May

GPs can now prescribe a second oral antiviral for treating COVID-19 patients who are at high risk of disease progression with nirmatrelvir–ritonavir (Paxlovid) added to the PBS on Sunday.

The Pfizer combination therapy is available on a script for over 65s with mild-to-moderate infection who meet certain criteria putting them at higher-than-average risk.

Before prescribing nirmatrelvir–ritonavir, which comes as two separate tablets