Walmart, Sam’s Club pharmacies in Texas now dispensing COVID-19 antiviral medication

FILE - This undated photo provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication molnupiravir. U.S. regulators have authorized a second pill against COVID-19, an antiviral drug from Merck that may help blunt the wave of infections driven by the omicron variant. The Food and Drug Administration granted the drug emergency use Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, for adults with early COVID-19 who face the highest risks of hospitalization.(Merck & Co. via AP, File) (Uncredited, Merck & Co.)

TEXAS – Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies announced Thursday that they will begin dispensing the authorized COVID antiviral medication, Paxlovid and Molnupiravir, in Texas.

Select Walmarts and Sam’s Club pharmacies have already started receiving limited supplies of the COVID medication through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Therapeutics Program.

The medication will only be available with a prescription from a healthcare provider.

Customers and healthcare providers can visit to find the nearest store or club that is carrying the medication to send the electronic prescription.

Since the COVID-19 antiviral medications are prescribed to those with COVID-19, it will only be available at Walmart and Sam’s Club by curbside pickup or via drive-thru pharmacy windows.

“We are committed to working with our state and federal partners to provide access to new treatment options like authorized COVID-19 antiviral medications, as they become available,” said Kevin Host, senior vice president of pharmacy. “This offers customers the option to recover at home and helps reduce the burden on our hospitals and communities. As we have since the beginning of the pandemic, we’re proud to support our communities through everyday essentials, healthy food, vaccines, medication and other health care needs as we all work together to weather the pandemic.”

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