Free Anti-Covid Treatment Pills To Be Available Soon To All Patients In Category 3 4 5 Says MOH

The government will conduct a review of the need to acquire different kinds of antiviral medications for treating Covid-19 patients, according to Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.


Free Anti-Covid Treatment Pills To Be Available Soon To All Patients In Category 3 4 5 Says MOH

The government will conduct a review of the need to acquire different kinds of antiviral medications for treating Covid-19 patients, according to Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

This comes in the wake of recent statements by Pfizer and AstraZeneca on their progress in developing Covid-19 antiviral drugs, he added.

In line with this, the Health Ministry will review the purchase of antiviral drugs to adapt to its needs.

This will be done according to the availability of the RM172mil allocation approved for the purchase of Covid-19 medicine,” he said when replying to a question in Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

He stated that the decision to purchase 150,000 courses of Molnupiravir from Merck Sharp & Dohme in early October was made given the fact that it was the only oral Covid-19 antiviral medication available at the moment.

Source - SAYS

Pfizer requested for emergency approval to use its antiviral Paxlovid in the United States in November after evidence indicated it was 89 percent effective at reducing Covid-19 hospitalisation and fatalities.

The European Medicines Agency announced in October that it has begun investigating AstraZeneca's anti-Covid-19 treatment, stated Evusheld.

According to the manufacturer, the drug significantly reduces severe Covid-19 infections or deaths in out-of-hospital patients with mild to moderate symptoms.

On October 7, Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a deal to buy Molnupiravir.

He said that this decision was reached in consideration of Malaysia entering the endemic phase and coexisting with the Covid-19 virus.

Merck research has shown that Molnupiravir may lower hospital admissions by 50% and is effective against more infectious Covid-19 variants such as including Gamma, Delta, and Mu.

The antiviral pill will be made freely available to Covid-19 patients who have been symptomatic for at least five days or to patients in categories three, four, and five.

On a side note, Dr Noor Azmi stated that the ministry was approaching the completion of the bidding process for the procurement of 460 ambulances and related equipment to solve the country's ambulance shortages.

He said that the ambulances will be sent in phases to locations with the most need.

Source – The Star

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