SOUTH DUNDAS – Following the initial announcement by the provincial government on April 13 of the availability of antiviral treatments for people infected with COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has updated its list of pharmacies to include those in Dundas County.
On April 20 The Leader reported that no pharmacies were listed in North Dundas or South Dundas which had access to antiviral treatments like Paxlovid.
Since publication, Ministry officials responded that four pharmacies in the County including all three in South Dundas and one in Winchester have had access through its ordering system. Officials also said that the province’s listing of participating pharmacies has been updated to reflect the availability.
“It is at the discretion of the pharmacy to order and dispense Paxlovid. However, the list of pharmacies that dispense Paxlovid was updated yesterday (April 21),” the ministry said.
No reason was given for area pharmacies’ exclusion from the initial government release.
One additional pharmacy was added in Ingleside to further expand availability to antiviral therapies.
If accessing a pharmacy is not possible, the ministry said that the Ottawa Hospital, which distributes medication throughout Eastern Ontario can have the medication dispensed to patients by courier.
Since the April 13 announcement, the list of participating pharmacies has grown from 700 to more than 2,000.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader