Monoclonal Antibody Treatment
Bullock County Hospital is now treating patients with COVID-19 with monoclonal antibody infusions. For certain individuals, 12 years and older, recently diagnosed with COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment may help prevent hospitalization or worsening symptoms.
What is a monoclonal antibody treatment?
Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory made proteins that work in the body by attaching to parts of the virus and helping the immune system respond quickly to fight the virus.
In 2020 the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization to permit monoclonal antibodies as a treatment option for COVID-19.
Monoclonal antibody treatment is a one-time intravenous (IV) infusion administered by a Healthcare professional. The infusion takes approximately one hour followed by one hour of observation to ensure no side effects or negative reactions occur.
In general, patients begin to feel better within 24 hours of the infusion. The sooner the individual receives the treatment the more effective it will be.
How can I get a monoclonal antibody treatment?
Potential patients can find out if they qualify for treatment by speaking to their doctor. If approved, the doctor’s office will coordinate scheduling an appointment for therapy.