CLINCH VALLEY HEALTH OFFERING MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENT FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS
September 14, 2021
Clinch Valley Health is offering casirivimab and imdevimab, monoclonal antibody therapy, for treatment of non-hospitalized patients with a mild or moderate case of COVID-19. Certain patients may also qualify for casirivimab and imdevimab after exposure to a COVID-19 patient based on their risk profile. Developed by pharmaceutical company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the drug first received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful viruses. They are specifically designed to help block the SARS-CoV-2 virus and prevent the virus from further infecting healthy cells. Administered intravenously, this innovative treatment is designed to help lessen the severity of COVID-19 in individuals who are COVID-19-positive and are at risk for developing a severe form of the disease.
“Clinch Valley Health is proud to offer this treatment locally for qualifying patients, and our team has seen promising results in our initial patients,” said Dr. Sarah Ramey, Director of Pharmacy Services at Clinch Valley Health. “Offering this treatment locally is an important step forward in helping prevent the most at-risk patients from being hospitalized due to COVID-19.”
Patients must meet specific clinical criteria, including having a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 that is mild or moderate; having underlying health conditions or > 65 years of age; and being stable enough not to require hospitalization. This therapy requires an order from the patient’s provider.
For more information about monoclonal antibody treatment now available at Clinch Valley Health, visit https://www.clinchvalleyhealth.com/monoclonal-antibody-therapy.