Leaving the prescriptions of antiviral pills against Covid to general practitioners “will not solve the problem. In a country like ours, where there is no profound infectious disease culture”, doing it “on these drugs is a serious mistake”. So at Adnkronos Salute Matteo Bassetti, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic of the San Martino Polyclinic in Genoa, on the probable green light of the Italian Medicines Agency for the prescription of antiviral pills by the general practitioner. “Prescription – explains Bassetti – requires the completion of a complex Aifa form both before and after, plus they are drugs that have important interactions with other molecules. In short, it seems to me a populist decision. Antivirals must be prescribed with absolute appropriateness, otherwise we belittle them. I see a lot of politics and little science “. On why the use of these drugs is struggling to take off in Italy, Bassetti clarifies that “they can be intended for a small part of positive symptomatic subjects, that is serious immunosuppressed and those with other diseases. Patients – he specifies – who are better managed by the doctor together with a specialist “. So what are the causes? “Antivirals have not been used in the Regions that have not been able to organize themselves – warns Bassetti – In Liguria, but also in Lazio and Tuscany, the distribution system has worked. But the reality is that they have not been used because they are not everyone can take them. “
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