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Hello and Welcome to Episode 2 of triple P! Pills, Pearls and Patients. Again I'm your host Dr. Marina Malak.
Thank you so much for joining me today on our second episode and it's a pretty timely episode at that. Today I'm calling this episode Paxlovid Primer.
For Healthcare Providers out there you have likely heard about Paxlovid, and for patients you've probably heard about Paxlovid as well. A lot of people are calling it the Covid pill. It's been about two and a half years in the pandemic, oh my goodness, just saying that is strange, two and a half years and we've come a long way.
Do you remember when we didn't even have vaccines for Covid-19. Yeah, now we're giving people triple boosters and some people even four vaccines. We've also come a long way in treatment. I'm sure many of you have heard about the monoclonal antibodies that were being given to treat Covid-19.
Likely you guys have heard of Paxlovid as well as this is the main treatment for Covid-19 right now. In today's episode I want to just give a quick overview of what Paxlovid is, some common things that primary care providers or all doctors should really know about it, and how you can communicate with your patients about Paxlovid.
Dr. Marina Malak is a family physician in Mississauga, Ontario and a lecturer and faculty member at the University of Toronto. She is actively involved in medical advocacy, and is a board member of the Mississauga Primary Care Network. She is also a member of the National Committee of Continuing Professional Development at the College of Family Physicians of Ontario, and a member of the Research Ethics Board at Trillium Health Partners.
She is passionate about patient care; medical education; and promoting mental, physical, and emotional wellness. She enjoys reading, writing, public speaking, puzzles, doodling in her bullet journal, and creating drawings on Procreate.