COVID-19 antiviral drugs now available at all Stop & Shop pharmacies in Rhode Island

Stop & Shop announced today that it will now offer the two FDA-cleared COVID-19 antiviral drugs, Paxlovid and Molnupiravir, at its 14 Rhode Island pharmacies.

Paxlovid is available at all pharmacies in Rhode Island; Molnupiravir is available in some places. Antiviral medications are available free of charge with a valid prescription from a health care provider.

Additionally, Stop & Shop advises that its trained and trusted pharmacists are authorized to administer a second COVID-19 booster shot to eligible patients in accordance with the The latest CDC recommendations for additional boosters.

According to Stop & Shop, the COVID-19 antiviral drug Molnupiravir can be prescribed to people 18 and older, while Paxlovid is authorized for use by adults and children 12 and older who weigh at least 88 pounds. Availability of oral prescription antiviral varies by store. Once prescribed, Stop & Shop encourages the infected person to stay home and send a trusted family member or friend to collect the prescription. For everyone’s health and safety, Stop & Shop associates will also be available to deliver the prescription to customer vehicles via curbside delivery in the stores parking lot.

According to the FDA, COVID antiviral prescriptions are intended for the treatment of COVID-19 in those who are at higher risk of developing more severe COVID-19 outcomes. The FDA adds that antivirals do not replace COVID-19 vaccinations.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved over the past two years, Stop & Shop Pharmacy has provided our customers and communities with convenient and safe ways to protect their families and loved ones,” says David Dunn, Director of Rhode Island Pharmacy operations at Stop & Shop in a statement. “By now offering COVID-19 antivirals, as well as second boosters to eligible customers, we look forward to helping more community members defend themselves and their families against COVID-19 and its evolving variants.

Stop & Shop pharmacies have also partnered with the federal government to distribute free rapid self-administered COVID-19 tests to eligible Medicare Part B beneficiaries. Customers should bring their Medicare Part B red-white-blue card to the pharmacy when they receive the tests at home at their local Stop & Shop pharmacy. Medicare Part B beneficiaries may also receive up to eight rapid tests per calendar month free of charge.

Additionally, the federal government now requires insurance companies and group health plans to cover the cost of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at home. Most consumers with private health coverage can go online, to a store or pharmacy, buy a test and either have it paid for directly by their health insurance plan or have the cost reimbursed by submitting a claim against their scheme.

Stop & Shop will also administer the second CDC-authorized COVID-19 reminder to eligible customers, including those ages 50 and older and those deemed immunocompromised by the CDC, at all 230 East Coast pharmacies, including all Rhode Island locations. Stop & Shop also continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines for people aged 5 and over. Availability varies by store and customers are encouraged to visit www.stopandshop.com/covid-vaccine to schedule an appointment.

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