GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A “very minimal” supply of home COVID-19 treatment pills have arrived in Michigan and are being distributed at pharmacies across the state, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDDHS).
MDHHS spokesperson Lynn Sutfin said Friday, Jan. 7 that 7,080 treatment courses of Merk’s Molnupiravir arrived in Michigan Thursday evening, and 1,600 treatment courses of Pfizer’s Paxlovid are also now in the state.
The pills, which require a prescription, have been shown to reduce hospitalization and death in patients with the infectious respiratory disease.
Sutfin said Molnupiravir has limited availability at all Meijer pharmacies, based on supply, as well as select retail pharmacies in areas not served by Meijer, based on supply.
“Pfizer’s pill, Paxlovid, is likely to become the first-choice treatment against the virus, because of its superior benefits and milder side effects,” the news service said.