Patients with positive reaction to Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill

HAZARD, Kentucky (WYMT) – Eastern Kentucky Primary Care Centers (PCCEK) was just one of the few facilities in the state to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 pill, and after just two days of taking the medication, patients are reporting good results .

PCCEK was only receiving enough drugs to treat 60 patients Monday, leaving health care workers to be very selective about who would receive them.

“What we’re looking for is people over the age of 65 who have a BMI of 35 or more, if they’ve ever had a solid organ transplant, if they have heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes,” said Christie Herald, family nurse, Primary Care Centers Eastern Kentucky. “These are all things that decide who is most at risk.”

PCCEK has administered the Pfizer pill to 36 patients, many of whom have responded very well to the pill.

“Almost all of the patients we called who started the medication had their symptoms disappear by the second day after stopping the medication,” Herald said. “It’s just great to see that and we’re so happy to be able to offer that to our patients.”

Brittney Engle, a pharmacist at Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky, said she hopes the Pfizer pill can become more accessible to patients.

“I hope it will be similar to the medicines we use, like Tamiflu, which is now readily available and often prescribed for influenza. We hope that this drug will ultimately be the same. It’s the same duration, so hopefully we’ll get to that point at some point,” Engle said.

Christie Herald added that PCCEK is expected to receive 100 more packs of the Pfizer pill next week.

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