Price threshold set for antiviral medications
A price threshold of $30 per treatment has been set for new drugs donated to Bermuda that help fight illness caused by Covid-19.
The arrival of two brands of antiviral medications was announced by the Ministry of Health.
The oral drugs Paxlovid and Molnupiravir, which are available only by prescription, were provided by the British Government through the Department of Health and Social Care and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
The ministry said Bermuda was responsible for covering the cost of transportation, storage and distribution of the medicines.
They will not be offered free of charge, with pharmacists permitted to set their own prices.
But the Bermuda Health Council states that this cannot be more than $30 per treatment course.
The ministry said the suggested low price was aim at covering providing the drugs locally.
Molnupiravir has been used in Bermuda’s hospital for more than a year – while Paxlovid, which was still going through medical trials, arrived more recently.
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