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Published: 11:13, February 12, 2022 | Updated: 11:38, February 12, 2022
China grants conditional approval for Pfizer's COVID pill
By Xinhua
Published:11:13, February 12, 2022 Updated:11:38, February 12, 2022 By Xinhua

This handout photo provided on Nov 16, 2021 courtesy of Pfizer shows the making of its experimental COVID-19 antiviral pills inside his laboratory in Freiburg, Germany. (HO / PFIZER / AFP)

BEIJING - China's drug regulator on Friday granted conditional approval for the imports of Pfizer's Paxlovid COVID-19 pill.  

The pill is a small-molecule oral drug, a co-package of antiviral drugs nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets, for adults who are experiencing mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms and who are at a higher risk of becoming more seriously ill

The pill is a small-molecule oral drug, a co-package of antiviral drugs nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets, for adults who are experiencing mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms and who are at a higher risk of becoming more seriously ill, according to the National Medical Products Administration.

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It can be given to patients who, for instance, are in old age or have chronic renal diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and chronic lung diseases.

Patients should take the medicine as prescribed by the doctors and pay close attention to drug interactions, according to the administration.

The administration asked the drug's marketing authorization holder to continue its relevant research work, fulfill the conditions within the specified time and submit the following research results timely.

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