Province mum on expansion of Paxlovid treatment for COVID-19 – CBC

Paxlovid can reduce the risk of serious injury or death due to COVID, if taken soon enough after diagnosis

Aug 29, 2022

New Brunswick’s Health Department is refusing to confirm what a Saint John family says they were told last week: that the province will make the antiviral COVID-19 treatment drug Paxlovid more widely available.

Kailey DeLucry contacted CBC News last week after her brother Sam was prescribed Paxlovid by a doctor last Monday, his first day of COVID symptoms. A pharmacist refused to provide it, saying Sam was not eligible.

Sam DeLucry has Down syndrome and his sister says that makes him more at risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes. But he wasn’t covered by the province’s criteria for Paxlovid.

“Down syndrome wasn’t classified under the criteria for immunocompromised,” she said.

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