Pfizer asks FDA for emergency use authorization on its experimental COVID-19 antiviral pill

The pill is to be administered in combination with ritonavir, an older antiviral drug, and is meant to treat mild to moderate COVID-19.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 16, Pfizer announced  that it is seeking emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its experimental antiviral COVID-19 pill.

The COVID-19 pill, known as PF-07321332 or Paxlovid, has already showcased its effects. 

In the beginning of November, Pfizer announced results from its trial saying that an interim analysis, done before the trial was scheduled to end, showed an 89% reduction in the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 among people given the drug within the first three days of symptom onset.

Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Albert Bourla said the pill has the potential to save countless lives. 

"With more than 5 million deaths and countless lives impacted by this devastating disease globally, there is an urgent need for life-saving treatment options," Bourla said in a statement. "The overwhelming efficacy achieved in our recent clinical study of Paxlovid, and its potential to help save lives and keep people out of the hospital if authorized, underscores the critical role that oral antiviral therapies could play in the battle against COVID-19."

The company said it is investing up to approximately $1 billion into the manufacturing and distribution of the treatment and also has rolling submissions for the pill in other countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.

According to Pfizer, the pill is to be administered in combination with Ritonavir, an older antiviral drug.




Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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