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Medicine to treat & prevent COVID-19

 
Introduction

Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home. For information about what to do if you have COVID-19, visit ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation. This includes telling your doctor, monitoring your symptoms, and knowing when you need emergency medical care.

There are now medicines available to treat people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at risk for developing severe COVID-19. Talk to your doctor if you feel that you may be at higher risk. The medicines must be prescribed by a healthcare provider. Some can be taken by mouth and can be given outside the hospital. Others are given by injection.

There are also injectable medicines that are used to prevent COVID-19. One kind prevents people from getting infected in the future. Others prevent people who were exposed to someone with COVID-19 virus from getting infected.

To learn more, see the information below and talk to your doctor. If you don't have a doctor, call 211.  

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Vaccination continues to be the best line of defense against COVID-19.

Vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available. They can protect you and others from getting sick with COVID-19.

Oral Medicines to Treat Mild to Moderate COVID-19

Paxlovid and Molnupiravir are antiviral medicines taken by mouth. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued emergency use authorizations (EUAs*) for these medicines. They can be used to treat people with mild -to-moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death. Treatment is given as soon as possible and must begin within 5 days of the start of symptoms. 

  • Paxlovid is for people ages 12 and over weighing at least 88 pounds.
  • Molnupiravir is for adults age 18 or over. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy.

For more information, see the fact sheet for patients/caregivers for Paxlovid and Molnupiravir.

Where to Get Paxlovid and Molnupiravir

 

These medicines are only available by prescription and are cuurrently in limited supply.

Ask your provider if you are eligible for treatment. If they give you a prescription to fill at one of the pharmacies listed below call ahead to make sure that the medicine is available. If you don’t have a doctor, try to make an appointment at one of the clinics listed below.

If you need to leave home to get medical care, wear a non-cloth mask with multiple layers of non-woven material and a nose wire. This will help to protect others. See ph.lacounty.gov/masks for more information.

  • Angeles Community Health Center
    6120 Seville Ave
    Huntington Park, CA 90255
    Phone: (213) 413-4888
  • LA Christian Health Centers
    1625 E 4th St
    Los Angeles, CA 90033
    Phone: (213) 225-2671
  • Kaiser SC - Baldwin Park Medical Office Building 1
    1011 Baldwin Park Blvd.
    Baldwin Park, CA 91706
    Phone: (866) 319-4265
  • Mercy South Gate Pharmacy
    8116 California Ave Ste A
    South Gate, CA 90280
    Phone: (323) 206-4177
  • The Children's Clinic - SMTF
    455 E Columbia St, Ste 201
    Long Beach, CA 90806
    Phone: (562) 264-3558
  • Pico Care Pharmacy
    6650 Rosemead Blvd, #6652
    Pico Rivera, CA 90660
    Phone: (562) 364-7922
  • The Children's Clinic FHC Bellflower
    17660 Lakewood Blvd
    Bellflower, CA 90706
    Phone: (562) 264-3558
  • Herald Christian HC - El Monte
    3401 Aerojet Ave
    El Monte, CA 91731
    Phone: (626) 286-8700
  • SCMC - El Monte
    12100 Valley Blvd. Ste 109A
    El Monte, CA 91732
    Phone: (818) 203-5561
  • CVS Pharmacy 08854
    7101 Atlantic Ave
    Bell, CA 90201
    Phone: (323) 773-2025
  • Kedren Primary Care Clinic
    4211 Avalon Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90011
    Phone: (832) 687-3242
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital
    1680 E 120th St
    Los Angeles, CA 90059
    Phone: (424) 338-8054
  • St. John's Well Child and Family Center
    808 W. 58th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90037
    Phone: (213) 549-1514
  • CVS Pharmacy #04018
    5837 S Central Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90001
    Phone: (323) 233-2493
  • CVS Pharmacy #05808
    4775 W Rosecrans Ave
    Hawthorne, CA 90250
    Phone: (310) 263-7330
  • Rite Aid #06214
    1001 N Central Ave
    Compton, CA 90222
    Phone: (310) 639-1278
  • Rite Aid #06288
    959 Crenshaw Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90019
    Phone: (323) 939-7911
  • CVS Pharmacy #09120
    3800 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
    Lynwood, CA 90262
    Phone: (310) 637-2509
  • CVS Pharmacy #09581
    4345 West Century Blvd
    Inglewood, CA 90304
    Phone: (310) 672-6078
  • Center for Family Health & Education
    8727 Van Nuys Blvd
    Panorama City, Ste 101, CA 91402
    Phone: (818) 812-5410
  • Cosmed Pharmacy
    6521 Van Nuys Blvd
    Van Nuys, CA 91401
    Phone: (818) 933-2010
  • Janeo, LLC DBA Elements Pharmacy
    12602 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Phone: (818) 762-2055
  • John Wesley Health Center - Vermont
    954 N Vermont Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90029
    Phone: (323) 454-4860
  • Kaiser SC - Panorama City
    13652 Cantara St, Rm 12R11
    Panorama City, CA 91402
    Phone: (866) 362-4939
  • Kaiser SC - Los Angeles Medical Center
    4867 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Phone: (323) 783-7910
  • Mid-Valley Comprehensive Health Center*
    7555 Van Nuys Blvd Pharmacy
    Van Nuys, CA 91405
    Phone: (818) 904-5504
  • Queenscare Health Center-Hollywood
    4618 Fountain Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90029
    Phone: (323) 635-1140
  • SCMC - Van Nuys
    14550 Haynes St
    Van Nuys, CA 91411
    Phone: (818) 203-5561
  • Rite Aid 05456
    11321 National Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90064
    Phone: (310) 479-5729
  • Kaiser Permanente- South Bay
    25965 South Normandie Ave, Normandie North Pharm Dept 24Hr
    Harbor City, CA 90710
    Phone: (424) 328-2110
  • Los Angeles County Long Beach CHC*
    1333 Chestnut Ave
    Long Beach, Rm 100-2, CA 90813
    Phone: (562) 753-2400
  • Paramount Family Pharmacy
    8010 2nd St
    Paramount, CA 90723
    Phone: (562) 531-1313
  • East Valley Community Health Center—Pomona
    1555 S. Garey Avenue
    Pomona, CA 91766
    Phone: (909) 802-0763
  • East Valley Community Health Center—West Covina
    420 S Glendora Ave
    West Covina, CA 91790
    Phone: (909) 802-0763
  • CVS Pharmacy #08864
    8400 Firestone Blvd
    Downey, CA 90241
    Phone: (562) 861-5460
  • Rite Aid #05525
    4525 E Pacific Coast Hwy
    Long Beach, CA 90804
    Phone: (562) 597-6520
  • Rite Aid #05591
    18993 Colima Rd
    Rowland Heights, CA 91748
    Phone: (626) 964-6714
  • High Desert Medical Group
    43839 15Th St W
    Lancaster, CA 93534
    Phone: (661) 726-3806
  • High Desert Regional Health Center*
    335 E Avenue I Room 1A14
    Lancaster, CA 93535
    Phone: (661) 471-4100
  • Huntington Hospital
    100 W. California Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    Phone: (626) 344-6958
  • Kaiser Permanente-Antelope Valley
    43112 15th St W
    Lancaster, CA 93534
    Phone: (866) 362-5488
  • Medex Pharmacies
    8441 Foothill Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 91040
    Phone: (818) 925-1321
  • Bartz Altadonna CHC - Lancaster Gingham
    43322 Gingham Ave Ste 102
    Lancaster, CA 93535
    Phone: (818) 538-0429
  • Wesley Health Center Health Wellness
    45104 10th St W
    Lancaster, CA 93534
    Phone: (661) 942-4391
  • CVS Pharmacy #09709
    26861 Sierra Hwy
    Santa Clarita, CA 91321
    Phone: (661) 251-7346
  • CVS Pharmacy #09781
    2006 West Avenue J
    Lancaster, CA 93536
    Phone: (661) 945-2729
  • Rite Aid #06255
    1038 East Colorado Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91106
    Phone: (626) 796-5539

*Available for all DHS empaneled or eligible patients. To find out if you’re eligible to become a DHS patient please visit: https://dhs.lacounty.gov/patient-information/get-coverage/ Or call: (844)-804-0055

Other Medicines to Treat Mild to Moderate COVID-19

The medicines listed below are treatments for COVID-19 given by injection. Treatment should be given as soon as possible and must begin within 10 days of the start of symptoms.

  • Sotrovimab is a monoclonal antibody-based medicine. It is given through a vein over 30 minutes. The FDA has issued an EUA* for Sotrovimab for use in people ages 12 and over who weigh at least 88 pounds. This treatment is thought to be effective against the Omicron variant. For more information, see Fact sheet for patient/caregivers.  Supplies are extremely limited.
  • Remdesivir (Vekury) is an antiviral medication. It is approved by the FDA for treating patients in hospital but is also used for outpatient treatment. For outpatient treatment, it is given through a vein for 3 days in a row. This treatment is thought to be effective against the Omicron variant
  • Bamlanivimab and Etesevimab (Bam/Ete) is a monoclonal antibody-based medicine. It is given by through a vein during a single visit. The FDA has issued an EUA* for Bam/Ete for treatment of mild-to-moderate disease and also for post-exposure prophylaxis (see below). It can be given to people of any age including infants. This treatment is not thought to be effective against the Omicron variant. For more information, see Fact sheet for patient/caregivers. Supplies are extremely limited.
  • Casirivimab and Imdevimab (REGEN-COV) is a monoclonal antibody-based medicine. It is given during a single visit through a vein or by several injections just under the skin. The FDA has issued an EUA* for REGEN-COV for treatment of mild-to-moderate disease and also for post-exposure prophylaxis (see below). It can be given to people ages 12 and over who weigh at least 88 pounds. This treatment is not thought to be effective against the Omicron variant. For more information, see Fact sheet for patient/caregivers. Supplies are extremely limited.
Medicines to Prevent COVID-19
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (medicines used to prevent COVID-19 infection in the future)

Evusheld is a monoclonal antibody-based medicine. It is used before a person is exposed to COVID-19 to prevent them from getting COVID-19. It is given as 2 separate injections into the buttocks during a single visit. More doses may need to be given every 6 months. The FDA has issued an EUA* for Evusheld. It is used in people who can’t get a COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons or who may not respond well to a vaccine because they have a weak immune system due to a medical condition or treatment. It is for people ages 12 and over who weigh at least 88lb. This medication does seem to be effective in providing protection against the Omicron variant.

For more information, talk to your doctor and see the fact sheets for patients/caregivers for Evusheld. Supplies are extremely limited.

Post-exposure prophylaxis (medicine use to prevent infection after being exposed to someone with COVID-19)

Bamlanivimab and Etesevimab (Bam/Ete), and Casirivimab and Imdevimab (REGEN-COV) are monoclonal antibody treatments. They are used after a person has been exposed to COVID-19 to prevent them from becoming infected. They are given to people who are unvaccinated or who may not respond well to a vaccine because they have a weak immune system due to a medical condition or treatment.

  • Bam/Ete is for people of any age including infants. It is given by an infusion into a vein during a single visit.
  • REGEN-COV is for people ages 12 and over who weigh at least 88 pounds. It is given during a single visit by an infusion into a vein or by several injections under the skin. The FDA has issued EUAs* for these medications.

For more information, talk to your doctor and see the fact sheets for patients/caregivers for Bam/Ete, and REGEN-COV.

*Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)

In an emergency when lives are at risk, the FDA can issue an EUA to make a treatment available before it has completed a formal approval process as long as there’s evidence that strongly suggests that people benefit from the treatment. The FDA can also issue an EUA for unapproved uses of approved drugs for life-threatening conditions. Certain conditions must be met for an EUA to be issued, including that there are no other adequate, approved, and available options.

To learn more about EUAs, visit the FDA EUA webpage.


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