COVID-19 Therapeutics Information

Paxlovid Recommended for COVID-19 Treatment

DSHS recommends the available, oral medication Paxlovid as the first-line treatment for high-risk Texans with symptomatic COVID-19. To find medication near you, talk to your doctor or use the Test-to-Treat Locator:
HHS COVID-19 Test-to-Treat Locator

Texans seeking infusion treatments should consider the preferred Paxlovid treatment and talk to a doctor with questions.

What Are Therapeutics?

Therapeutics are medications used to treat specific high-risk groups for COVID-19. These medications are prescribed by doctors.

Talk to your doctor about whether therapeutics can help treat you for COVID-19.

Who Can Receive Therapeutics to Treat COVID-19?

Therapeutics are for people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms. This includes older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and people with certain health conditions. If you are high risk, talk to your doctor to find out if you are eligible for the therapeutics available in your area.

Are Therapeutics Used to Treat All Variants of

Variants are different forms of the COVID-19 virus. There are different treatment options available for all COVID-19 variants, but some therapeutics may be more effective for certain variants. In most cases, treatments are reserved for certain high-risk groups. If you or a loved one is sick, check with your doctor about your specific case.

It is important to know that some therapeutics are not effective for treating all variants of COVID-19. Your doctor can help create a treatment plan that is best for you.

What Is the Test to Treat Program?

In March 2022, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services launched the Test to Treat program to give people an easy way to access COVID-19 treatments. Through this program, people can get tested and—if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them—receive a prescription from a healthcare provider, and have their prescription filled all at one location.

A web-based site locator is now available to find Test to Treat program locations. It also lists pharmacies where any provider can send prescriptions for their patients.
Test to Treat Site Locator

Those who may have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support locating a Test to Treat site can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages – 8am to midnight ET, 7 days a week. The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to specifically help people with disabilities access services. To get help, call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9am to 8pm ET or email

What Is the Cost of Treatment to the Patient?

For monoclonal antibody treatments, it is important to note that the cost of the product and the cost to administer the product are separate. Because the federal government has purchased a supply of certain monoclonal antibody treatments for each state, including Texas, there is no cost to the patient for the monoclonal antibody products themselves. However, there may be costs incurred from administration of the product. Checking insurance coverage is advised.

What Else Should I Know?

Several therapeutics have been granted Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat eligible patients. COVID-19 therapies are only available to certain high-risk patients and require a referral or prescription from a healthcare provider.

Where Can I Learn More?

Federal and state health officials offer resources for patients and providers to learn more about COVID-19 therapeutics.

People seeking information about registered clinical trials for COVID-19 can visit

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