A month ago, I complained People who were dying because pharmacists were not allowed to prescribe Paxlovid:

In my case, I got the prescription after about 15 seconds of consultation with someone I had never met in a telemedicine zoom meeting. Can’t a pharmacist do that? Apparently not:

Even if you qualify, someone still has to prescribe the drug, which means the pharmacy where you test must have a clinic, such as CVS ‘MinuteClinic, where a professional can screen, diagnose and prescribe. Only 10% and even fewer of the CVS drugstores have physicians on site.

I understand that pharmacists can make more mistakes in their 15 second question than the telemedicine operator I spoke to. But 350 people are dying every day. Is the FDA looking at it on a cost / benefit basis?

Today, I read that there is a federal government Finally seeing the light:

Pharmacists can prescribe the leading COVID-19 pill directly to patients under a new U.S. policy announced Wednesday that aims to expand the use of Pfizer’s drug Paxlovid.

The Food and Drug Administration says pharmacists can begin screening patients to see if they are eligible for Paxlovid and then prescribe medication, which has been shown to prevent the worst effects of COVID-19. Previously, only physicians could prescribe antiviral drugs.

The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions and deaths are on the rise again, although they have remained close to their lowest levels since the coronavirus outbreak began in 2020.

Biden administration officials have expressed frustration that hundreds of Americans are dying every day from COVID-19 despite the availability of vaccines and treatment.

It’s important that we don’t blindly rely on experts, and instead keep their feet on the fire when they don’t consider costs and benefits when it comes to policymaking. Often, bureaucrats follow strict rules and do not pay enough attention to the larger welfare of society. The United States is still losing more than 300 people a day to Covid, many of them unnecessarily.

When a free person makes a mistake, that person is harmed. Millions of people can be harmed if a bureaucrat makes a mistake.

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