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Here's where you can get hard-to-find antiviral pills for COVID-19 in Pa. | FOX43 Reveals

There are 74 locations in South Central Pennsylvania that are carrying the potentially life-saving treatment, nearly triple the amount from six weeks ago.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Antiviral pills for COVID-19 are a new weapon to fight the virus and prevent severe symptoms. The treatments are arriving at a time when hospitalizations are spiking, though supply is limited.

FOX43 Reveals where you can find antiviral pills for COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

The medications are similar to antibiotics and require a prescription from a doctor. They fight the virus to keep people out of hospitals without relying on your immune system. This treatment could be a pandemic game-changer. Supplies are scarce, but access is improving.

There are 74 locations in South Central Pennsylvania that are carrying the pills, nearly triple the amount from six weeks ago. The pills must be started as soon as possible, within five days of the start of symptoms.

Chambers’ Apothecary in Chambersburg, Franklin County is one of the pharmacies in the region to receive the treatment. 

The pharmacy initially received 100 courses of Pfizer’s drug, Paxlovid, and 220 courses of Merck’s pill, molnupiravir. Pharmacists continue to have conversations with doctors in the area about the medications and how to prescribe them.           

“It’s been very, very difficult to get them in,” said Garrett Sipes, pharmacist at Chambers’ Apothecary. “There are not too many pharmacies in the area that have them available and up and running, so yeah we’re one of few.”

FOX43 Reveals that most of the pharmacies to receive shipments of antiviral pills for COVID-19 belong to Walgreens, Rite Aid, or Weis Markets. Smaller, local pharmacies have been anxiously watching their inboxes for an update on when they could start dispensing the treatment in their communities.

“It is frustrating. I do understand that they do have a larger reach. Nationally they do have more locations, but we are in the trenches here because we’re in a lot of underserved areas,” said Melissa Koehler, pharmacy manager and partner at Hillcrest Pharmacy & Compounding of Lancaster in Columbia, Lancaster County.

Pharmacists at Hillcrest Pharmacy have seen a surge in demand for COVID-19 tests and they have administered more than 16,000 vaccine doses. After a long wait, the pharmacy now has 80 courses of Merck's drug available.

In high-risk patients, both Pfizer’s pill and Merck’s drug were shown to reduce the chances of hospitalization or death from the virus.

At pharmacies that have received this treatment, rollout has been slow. Only certain patients are eligible and both treatments require taking an intimidating number of pills. Patients must take 40 capsules for molnupiravir and 30 pills for Paxlovid over the course of five days.

Since Chambers’ Apothecary received their first shipment of the pills, 81 patients have walked away with this potentially lifesaving medication.

“Every single day you kind of think, ‘Man this is hard, hard work,’ but just those small positive rewarding moments are great. I had a patient last night I called just to let him know that his prescription was here for the antivirals and he said ‘Thank you for taking care of Chambersburg,’” Sipes said. “And that makes it so much more worth it at the end.”

Here are the pharmacy locations carrying the pills in South Central Pennsylvania. 

Adams County 

Rite Aid

5675 York Road in New Oxford

Weis Markets

30 Primrose Lane in New Oxford

Rite Aid

231 West Street in Gettysburg

Cumberland County

Rite Aid

4965 Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg

Weis Markets Inc.

1075 West King Street in Shippensburg

Pennsylvania RSS Warehouse

420 Salem Church Road in Mechanicsburg

Rite Aid

330 Cumberland Parkway in Mechanicsburg

Weis Markets

4525 Valley Road in Enola

Weis Markets

1195 Lowther Road in Camp Hill

Weis Markets

2150 Bumble Bee Hollow Rd in Mechanicsburg

Robert T. Henry Pharmacy

54 East King Street in Shippensburg

Rite Aid

3200 Market Street in Camp Hill

Wegmans

6416 Carlisle Pike Suite 2000 in Mechanicsburg

Weis Markets

351 E High Street in Carlisle

Rite Aid

1814 Spring Road in Carlisle

Rite Aid

105 Old York Road in New Cumberland

Rite Aid

1137 Market Street in Lemoyne

Dauphin County

Rite Aid

4999 Jonestown Road in Harrisburg

Weis Markets Inc.

1130 Mae Street in Hummelstown

Rite Aid

2103 N. Third Street in Harrisburg

Weis Markets

4300 Linglestown Road in Harrisburg

Rite Aid

4299 Union Deposit Road in Harrisburg

Weis Markets

3885 Union Deposit Road in Harrisburg

HersheyCare

475 W. Governor Road, Suite 2 in Hershey

Franklin County

Chambers’ Apothecary

278 Lincoln Way E. in Chambersburg

Keystone Community Health Services

111 Chambers Hill Drive, Suite 102 in Chambersburg

Park Avenue Pharmacy

220 Park Avenue in Chambersburg

Weis Markets

1056 Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg

Rite Aid

415 East Queen Street in Chambersburg

Norland Avenue Pharmacy

12 St. Paul Drive Suite 105 in Chambersburg

Lancaster County

Weis Markets Inc.

331 N. Reading Road in Ephrata

Walgreens

1262 Lititz Pike in Lancaster

Rite Aid

825A East Chestnut Street in Lancaster

Rite Aid

1550 Columbia Avenue in Lancaster

Hillcrest Pharmacy

3985 Columbia Avenue Unit 2 in Columbia

Weis Markets

1400 Stony Battery Road in Lancaster

Weis Markets

1603 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster

Weis Markets

1629 S. Market Street in Elizabethtown

Weis Markets

1700-A Fruitville Pike in Lancaster

Rite Aid

315 West Fourth Street in Quarryville

Anderson Pharmacy

334 Main Street in Denver

Weis Markets

441 West Main Street in Mount Joy

Weis Markets

2600 Willow St. Pike North in Willow Street

Union Community Care

304 North Water Street in Lancaster

Weis Markets

740 S. Broad Street in Lititz

Lititz Apothecary

100 East Main Street in Lititz

Weis Markets

5360 Lincoln Highway Suite 2 in Gap

Weis Markets

1204 Millersville Pike in Lancaster

Wegmans

2000 Crossings Blvd. in Lancaster

Weis Markets

1643 Manheim Pike in Lancaster

Lebanon County

Rite Aid

2 Cumberland Street in Lebanon

Rite Aid

980 East Main Street in Palmyra

Weis Markets

1651 E Cumberland Street in Lebanon

Weis Markets

800 S. 12the Street in Lebanon

Weis Markets

901 E Main Street in Palmyra

Mifflin County

Weis Markets Inc.

224 N. Logan Blvd in Burnham

Juniata County

Weis Markets

4521 William Penn Highway in Mifflintown

Perry County

Weis Markets

316 Walnut Street in Newport

York County 

Rite Aid

115 Leaders Heights Road in York

Walgreens

3180 Carlisle Road in Dover

Weis Markets

1424 Baltimore Street in Hanover

Rite Aid

3205 Cape Horn Road in Red Lion

Rite Aid

2067 Route 116 in Spring Grove

Weis Markets

2400 E Market Street in York

Weis Markets

2065 Springwood Road in York

Rite Aid

3300 East Market Street in York

Weis Markets

693 Lombard Road in Red Lion

Weis Markets

2160 White Street in York

Rite Aid

301 Eisenhower Drive in Hanover

Here are the hospital locations carrying the pills in South Central Pennsylvania. 

Primary Health Network in Lewistown, Mifflin County has received 60 courses of Merck’s molnupiravir.     

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Lancaster County has received 552 courses of Evusheld, a monoclonal antibody drug manufactured by AstraZeneca.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Dauphin County has received 288 courses of Evusheld.

WellSpan York Hospital in York, York County has received 216 courses of Evusheld.

If you do not see a location near you listed above, this link will direct you to a federal data tracker that shows every location in the U.S. that is carrying antiviral pills for COVID-19.

Potential side effects of Merck’s molnupiravir include diarrhea, nausea and dizziness. Possible side effects for Pfizer’s Paxlovid include altered sense of taste, diarrhea, high blood pressure and muscle aches. Paxlovid may be risky with other medications and can cause harmful reactions.  The medications include:

o Alfuzosin

o Pethidine, piroxicam, propoxyphene

o Ranolazine

o Amiodarone, dronedarone, flecainide, propafenone, quinidine

o Colchicine

o Lurasidone, pimozide, clozapine

o Dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, methylergonovine

o Lovastatin, simvastatin

o Sildenafil (Revatio®) for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)

o Triazolam, oral midazolam

o Apalutamide

o Carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin

o Rifampin

o St. John’s Wort (hypericum perforatum)

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