Prescription Drugs: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th April 2022.

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Photo of Baroness Rawlings Baroness Rawlings Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what contractual arrangements they have, if any, with pharmaceutical companies that prevent the sale of antiviral drugs for COVID-19 by private clinicians.

Photo of Baroness Rawlings Baroness Rawlings Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation requires Public Health England to provide antiviral treatments for COVID-19 to only those people with particular health conditions.

Photo of Lord Kamall Lord Kamall The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The pharmaceutical companies producing antivirals have not made these treatments commercially available to the private health care sector in the United Kingdom. These products have been procured by the Department and are only available through the National Health Service.

The Department has agreed contracts with MSD and Pfizer to ensure that the UK has sufficient antiviral medication to treat those who are likely to benefit. There is no legislation which sets out the patient cohorts to receive antiviral treatments for COVID-19. Clinically eligible cohorts have been determined by an independent expert group commissioned by the Department and included in a clinical policy agreed by the UK Chief Medical Officers.

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