Pharmacist prescribing of antivirals during COVID
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an urgent need to safely prescribe antivirals for patients with COVID-19 in the community who were at highest risk of progression to severe disease.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's pharmacy team innovated at pace to introduce the antiviral prescribing service.
When a patient on the high risk list for COVID tested positive, they received a text message asking them to contact an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) for clinical assessment.
The ANP then assessed eligibility before passing the patient to a pharmacist prescriber.
The pharmacist then assessed the patient's suitability for antivirals or monoclonal antibody to treat coronavirus (either Paxlovid, Sotrovimab or Molnupiravir).