, Singapore

Singapore approves Pfizer's oral med Paxlovid for COVID treatment

Paxlovid is the first oral tablet in the country approved for the treatment of COVID-19.

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has given interim authorisation for Pfizer's Paxlovid under the Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) on 31 January.

"This is the first oral tablet approved in Singapore for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adult patients who are at high risk of progression to severe disease, to reduce the risk of hospitalisation and death," said HSA. The pill should be taken twice a day for five days, with treatment initiated as soon as possible after a diagnosis within five days of the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) told Channel News Asia the purchase agreement had been signed with Pfizer Singapore, and they are working with Pfizer to release the first batch this month.

Paxlovid was found to reduce the risk of COVID-19 related hospitalisation or death by 88.9% when given within three days of the onset of symptoms, according to HSA's review of the available clinical data based on rolling submissions of the results from an ongoing Phase II/III study.

MOH said it would continue to monitor the development of COVID-19 therapeutics and purchase promising candidates to ensure Singapore has access to safe and effective COVID-19 treatments. 

Interim authorisation of vaccines, medicines and medical devices under the PSAR can be terminated by HSA at any time, such as when new data suggests that their benefits no longer outweigh their risks.

Follow the link for more news on

Join Singapore Business Review community
Since you're here...

...there are many ways you can work with us to advertise your company and connect to your customers. Our team can help you dight and create an advertising campaign, in print and digital, on this website and in print magazine.

We can also organize a real life or digital event for you and find thought leader speakers as well as industry leaders, who could be your potential partners, to join the event. We also run some awards programmes which give you an opportunity to be recognized for your achievements during the year and you can join this as a participant or a sponsor.

Let us help you drive your business forward with a good partnership!