Ontario pharmacists allowed to prescribe Paxlovid for COVID-19 treatment for free: minister

Ontario Deputy Premier and Health Minister Sylvia Jones announced on Friday that beginning Dec. 12, pharmacists will be allowed to prescribe Paxlovid, an antiviral to treat COVID-19, to patients who present a positive test at no cost. This means Ontarians will no longer need to get a prescription from a doctor to get the drug. Pharmacists can prescribe Paxlovid in person or virtually.