COVID antiviral medicine Paxlovid plentiful, may be underused

As new mutations of the coronavirus omicron variant spread across Florida, publicly available data can show where to find medication that reduces severe illness, but medical professionals say that too few people are using the treatments.

Medications such as Paxlovid, a federally approved Pfizer-made antiviral pill, can fight severe infections caused by some omicron subvariants. But doctors may be missing chances to prescribe the drug to patients it could help the most: elderly, immunocompromised or unvaccinated people.

And a lack of information from the government makes it unclear how many doses have reached them.

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