Elena Muez, assistant physician in the Infectious Diseases Unit of the Puerta de Hierro Hospital’s Internal Medicine Service.
Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AMPS) Have a recommendation pair for use of paxlovid one in new group of people, over 80 years of age with any risk factors, whether or not they have been vaccinated, A new recommendation that adds to those already vaccinated such as those over the age of 80 who do not have a full immunization program COVID-19 or that more than six months have passed since the last dose, and people older than 65 who have not been fully vaccinated and have certain risk factors for poor progression.
This new recommendation has been well received by internists who believe that “the Risk of severe covid increases with age And the purpose of this new inclusion is to try to stop this progression of serious disease in these patients”, explains Elena MunezuAssistant Physician in the Infectious Diseases Unit of the Puerta de Hierro Hospital’s Internal Medicine Service, to medical writing,
In addition, the internists point out that the age factor is also linked that “the Efficacy of the vaccine against Omicron There has been significantly less, therefore, more visits and admissions to hospitals from people over the age of 65. To all this, Munez says that “this new recommendation is in line with that. The drug Paxlovid. current availability of and given that its use is not so widespread”.
Despite the fact that these recommendations have increased, Munez recalls that doctors see themselves as “very limited when it comes to prescribing this type of drug, as is paxlovid because they have multiple drug interactions And the patients for whom Paxlovid is recommended are other treatments for other diseases, so you have to look at what patients it might be prescribed for.”
How can Paxlovid affect older people?
Noting all the types of antivirals available to treat Covid-19, Munez explained how it can affect paxlovid recipe in patients over 80 years of age Those with certain risk factors (cardiovascular problems, for example) regardless of their vaccination. In this sense, the internists insist that “a simple mild COVID infection destabilizes already older patients.”
For this reason, Munez explains that “we have to see how it affects these patients, because in some patients”. yes it will be possible to stop the progress of severe covidBut not in others, taking into account that these people already have the other maladies they suffer from”.
In these last cases, the internist details that “it will not be possible to stop the progression of the disease and they will need reinforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine to avoid infection,” she concludes.
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