Health

US allows pharmacists to prescribe Pfizer's COVID-19 pill

U.S. pharmacists can now prescribe the leading COVID-19 pill directly to patients. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that pharmacists can begin screening patients to see if they are eligible and then prescribe Pfizer's drug Paxlovid. Previously only doctors could prescribe it. Paxlovid has been shown to curb the worst effects of COVID-19 but it has to be started within five days of symptoms. Paxlovid is intended for people with COVID-19 who are more likely to become seriously ill. That includes older people and those with other health conditions.

After two year stay, 3-year-old patient discharged from American Family Children’s Hospital

MADISON, Wis. — Kingston Wraggs is only three years old, but he’s seen more adversity than many of us will see in our whole lives. After a two-year stay at American Family Children’s Hospital, he has finally been discharged, something doctors thought may never happen. “We sometimes didn’t think he would ever leave the PICU, or leave the hospital,” nephrologist…