for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
at Fresno, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



The purpose of the study is to assess if the study medication (molnupiravir, MK-4482) will prevent symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults who live with someone with confirmed COVID-19 infection. This is a phase 3, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study; half of the study participants will receive molnupiravir twice daily by mouth and the other half will receive a placebo. The primary objectives of the study are to determine if molnupiravir prevents symptomatic COVID-19 disease and to evaluate its safety and tolerability. All participants who develop COVID-19 during the study are still eligible for any COVID-19 treatment recommended by their doctor.

Official Title

A Phase 3, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of MK-4482 for the Prevention of COVID-19 (Laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 Infection With Symptoms) in Adults Residing With a Person With COVID-19


Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) COVID-19 Coronavirus Infections Molnupiravir


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Lives in a household with an index case where the index case is a person with documented COVID-19 (laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection with symptoms case) and must have 1) a first detectable SARS-CoV-2 test result from a sample collected within ≤5 days prior to randomization of the participant, and 2) at least 1 symptom attributable to COVID-19 (e.g., fever, difficulty breathing)
  • Does not have confirmed or suspected COVID-19
  • Is willing and able to take oral medication
  • For males, agrees to be abstinent from penile-vaginal intercourse OR agrees to use a highly effective contraceptive method while receiving study drug and for ≥3 months after the last dose of study drug
  • Is female and not pregnant/breastfeeding and at least one of the following applies during the study and for ≥4 days after: is not a woman of childbearing potential (WOCBP), is a WOCBP and uses highly effective contraception (low user dependency method OR a user dependent hormonal method in combination with a barrier method), or is a WOCBP who is abstinent from heterosexual intercourse

You CAN'T join if...

  • Has a prior history of laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection (with or without symptoms) within 6 months prior to randomization
  • Has either of the following: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with a recent viral load >50 copies/mL (regardless of CD4 count) or an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-defining illness
  • Has a history of hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with any of the following: cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma; aspartate transaminase (AST) and/or (ALT) >3x upper limit of normal at screening
  • Has hypersensitivity or other contraindication to any of the components of the study interventions as determined by the investigator
  • Has any condition for which, in the opinion of the investigator, participation would not be in the best interest of the participant or that could prevent, limit, or confound the protocol-specified assessments including but not limited to participants with conditions that could limit gastrointestinal absorption of capsule contents
  • Has received, is taking, or is anticipated to require any prohibited therapies
  • Has received a COVID-19 vaccination with the first dose ≥7 days prior to randomization
  • Is unwilling to abstain from participating in another interventional clinical study through Day 29 with an investigational compound or device, including those for COVID-19 therapeutics
  • Is living in a household with >10 people


  • UCSF Fresno ( Site 2528) accepting new patients
    Fresno California 93701 United States
  • Carbon Health ( Site 2514) accepting new patients
    Oakland California 94610 United States


accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC
Phase 3 COVID-19 Research Study
Study Type
Expecting 1376 study participants
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