September 26, 2022
You can now get Paxlovid by mail, bringing the US one step closer to the 'pandemic endgame'

San Francisco-based primary and urgent care provider Carbon Health has partnered with Connecticut-based COVID test manufacturer Detect to provide at-home testing and antiviral pill delivery.

San Francisco-based primary and urgent care provider Carbon Health has partnered with COVID test manufacturer Detect to announce a new service that lets people test themselves, consult online or by phone with a doctor who can prescribe antiviral pills, if appropriate, and get the pills delivered — all without leaving the house.

The service brings the approach of the federal government’s nationwide “Test to Treat” program — where people can visit government-run sites to get tested and, if eligible, get prescription antiviral pills on the spot — into the home. It marks a further evolution of COVID treatment as the virus continues its march toward becoming a more normal, “endemic” part of our lives.

Just a few months ago, the antiviral pill Paxlovid was in tight supply and given only to severely immunocompromised people. In the last several weeks, that has started to change as the pills become increasingly available at pharmacies for people with a wider range of less severe medical conditions. Now, the Paxlovid rollout is starting to go down a similar path as the earlier introduction of COVID test kits: initially very hard to find, then more accessible, and ultimately available via websites and mail-order.

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