An oral COVID-19 medication, Paxlovid is now available. You may qualify if you are:
• Within 5 days of experiencing mild to moderate COVID symptoms
• Confirmed to be COVID-19 positive via PCR or rapid antigen test
• Felt to be at high risk of complications from COVID-19 infection
Paxlovid, the oral pill used to treat COVID-19, is FDA authorized and is a new treatment for COVID-19 that can be taken at home after experiencing mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms.
Paxlovid is taken twice daily for 5 days, within 5 days of onset of COVID symptoms.
Paxlovid is an antiviral COVID-19 medication that works by blocking how the SARS-CoV-2 virus replicates. Without being able to replicate, the COVID-19 virus dies. If you are within 5 days of experiencing mild to moderate COVID symptoms, are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive via a PCR or rapid antigen test, and are deemed to be at high risk, a doctor with Resolve MD can prescribe you the COVID-19 pills to take at home.
The Pfizer COVID pill, Paxlovid is an antiviral drugs designed to disrupt the function of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and it blocks a step of the SARS-CoV-2 replication process.
When the coronavirus attempts to create viral proteins from this mutated RNA, the result is that these proteins have too many mutations to function. The virus dies after accumulating enough mutations. In addition, these mutations accumulate randomly, making it more difficult for the COVID-19 virus to eventually develop resistance to Paxlovid. Thanks to the state of Maryland and the test to treat program, Resolve MD now offers the Pfizer Covid Pill, Paxlovid at no cost. A virtual visit ($129) prior to receiving the pill is necessary before dispensing it.
The most common side effects of Paxlovid is loss of taste, diarrhea, high blood pressure and myalgia (muscle aches). An important note regarding Pfizer’s pill however is that there are a significant number of drug interactions between it and some very commonly used medications, including cholesterol medications called statins, as well as many others. If you are under consideration for a prescription from Resolve MD, you will be asked several questions regarding the medications that you are currently taking. It is very important to answer these questions thoroughly. If you are unsure of the name of all of your medications, we reccomend contacting your doctor or your pharmacy with the list of all your medications prior to scheduling a visit.
Paxlovid is only available with a prescription. To get a prescription, you must have a recent positive COVID test, and speak to a doctor to request a prescription. If you test through Resolve MD you can pay for an additional telehealth visit to get this medication dispensed to your pharmacy (visit fee is $219).
For mild cases, recovery can take 2-4 weeks from the time that symptoms begin. For moderate cases, recovery can take up to 6 weeks or even longer. In vaccinated patients, recovery can be sooner. COVID medication could improve recovery time as well. The COVID-19 pill is not a substitute for the vaccine, and vaccinated patients who receive these COVID medications have the best chance of recovery.
Resolve MD has been provided doses by the state of Maryland for it's in-house pharmacy and only prescribes Paxlovid through it's in-house pharmacy. You can pick-up Paxlovid directly from Resolve MD. Because it is provided through the state, the medication is free of cost. You must have an assessment or virtual visit prior to being prescribed Paxlovid and this fee is $129.
No, Resolve MD is a direct pay, cash pay only office and we do not bill insurance. We are offering the service of prescribing Paxlovid to the community to improve quick, direct access to this medication however, Resolve MD does not have billers on staff to verify insurance or seek reimbursement. You can provide our bill to your insurance but Resolve MD will not communicate with your health insurance for reimbursement. We are a direct pay, cash pay only office. All virtual visits for assessment and prescription of Paxlovid are $129 . This does not cover the cost of what your insurance may charge for the medication.
The COVID-19 pill is not a substitute for getting vaccinated. The most effective way to prevent COVID-19 and its spread is to get vaccinated. Although vaccinated individuals can still get COVID-19, the COVID-19 pill will have the best outcomes for vaccinated individuals.
The most effective way to prevent COVID-19 remains to wash your hands frequently, socially distance, wear a mask, and get vaccinated. Vaccinated individuals have the least risk of contracting COVID-19, and vaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19 have less severe symptoms and a quicker recovery time.