Hy-Vee pharmacies offer COVID antiviral drugs – KCHA News

Hy-Vee is now offering testing services to treat COVID-19 using the COVID-19 antiviral, PAXLOVID, at all Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations in its eight-state area, including Charles City, Waverly and Mason City.

Earlier this month, the FDA allowed state-licensed pharmacists to prescribe PAXLOVID to eligible patients ages 12 and older, with certain limitations. PAXLOVID may help treat mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 in certain patients who are at high risk of progression to severe COVID-19.

To be prescribed PAXLOVID, patients must test positive for COVID-19. After receiving a positive COVID-19 test result, patients will be reviewed by a state-licensed Hy-Vee pharmacist to determine eligibility for PAXLOVID. COVID-19 antiviral patients must wear a mask when in the store.

Additional information from Hy-Vee below:

Offer of Select Hy-Vee Pharmacy Locations COVID-19 rapid PCR test (available by appointment only) with same-day rapid test results, and all Hy-Vee pharmacies offer over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests, which may be available free of charge to patients* depending on their medical cover .

To facilitate the screening process, patients should provide the following to their local Hy-Vee pharmacy:

  • Date/proof of positive test result.
  • Electronic or printed health records that are less than 12 months old, including the most recent reports of lab blood tests that the pharmacist should review for kidney or liver problems.
  • A list of all medications they are taking, including over-the-counter medications. This list will be used to screen for drugs with potentially serious interactions with PAXLOVID.

It is recommended that patients start COVID-19 antiviral treatment as soon as possible, and treatment should begin within five days of the onset of symptoms. COVID-19 antivirals are free with most insurance. Some restrictions may apply to Medicaid recipients.

Most Hy-Vee pharmacies are open seven days a week, offering convenient hours of service.

*Under the Biden administration’s decision, each person covered by private insurance or Medicare Part B can currently receive up to eight (8) free at-home COVID-19 tests each month.

Learn more about PAXLOVID

In order to receive PAXLOVID, patients must have a prescription from a state-licensed health care provider or pharmacist. PAXLOVID can only be used for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in people aged 12 and over:

  • With positive direct COVID-19 viral test results, AND
  • Who are at high risk of progression to a severe form of COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, AND
  • For whom alternative FDA-cleared COVID-19 treatment options are not accessible or clinically appropriate.

For more information, patients should consult their healthcare provider.

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