Now Offering Monoclonal Antibody Infusions

You don't have to be our patient to receive treatment, but if you aren't our patient, you will need your PCP to send us an order form (see button below) OR call us to schedule if you don't have a PCP.

If you ARE a current patient, please call our office for scheduling, 409.210.3336.

This is either for positive SARS-CoV-2 cases, or post-exposure prophylaxis.

We hope to be able to offer other infusions as well in the future. 😏

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More Information:

"Monoclonal" Definition:
1. (Science: cell biology) Used of a cell line whether within the body or in culture to indicate that it has a single clonal origin.
2. (Science: immunology) monoclonal antibodies are produced by a single clone of hybridoma cells and are therefore a single species of antibody molecule.

In other words, lab-created replicas of naturally occurring antibodies. Sourcing monoclonal antibodies for treatment, instead of directly from the plasma of another person, makes this treatment WAY more readily available, as well as more concentrated.

Is this a treatment for people who have tested positive for COVID-19?
Yes. The antibodies will help your body fight off the virus.

Is this a treatment for people who have been exposed to COVID-19, but have not tested positive?
Yes. The antibodies in your system will deal with any virus cells you come in contact with. However, using this as a preventative treatment is primarily for those who are high-risk or have underlying conditions.

Is this a treatment for people who are not sick and have not been exposed?

How old do I need to be?
12 years old at least and at least 88 pounds.

Can I be treated if I am already vaccinated?
Yes, absolutely. However, after receiving an infusion, it is recommended to wait 90 days before getting vaccinated. (Basically because you will have the antibodies in your system and will not need the vaccination; it would be redundant.)

What studies have been done on this treatment? Give me science.
The science for treating illness with monoclonal antibodies has been around for a good while (the first monoclonal antibody was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) in 1986). It is tried and true. However, like so many COVID-19 treatments, we have not had enough time to gather much data on this particular treatment.

However, the following, published in September 2021 and including 2475 participants found that "subcutaneous REGEN-COV [one brand of COVID monoclonal antibody treatment, the one we are currently using] prevented symptomatic Covid-19 and asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection in previously uninfected household contacts of infected persons. Among the participants who became infected, REGEN-COV reduced the duration of symptomatic disease and the duration of a high viral load."

Subcutaneous REGEN-COV Antibody Combination to Prevent Covid-19; N Engl J Med 2021; 385:1184-1195

What does the FDA say?
REGEN-COV is investigational because it is still being studied. There is limited information known about the safety and effectiveness of using REGEN-COV to treat people with COVID-19 or to prevent COVID-19 in people who are at high risk of being exposed to someone who is infected with SARS-CoV-2. REGEN-COV is not authorized for pre-exposure prophylaxis for prevention of COVID-19.

The FDA has authorized the emergency use of REGEN-COV for the treatment of COVID-19 and the post-exposure prevention of COVID-19 under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

How will I receive REGEN-COV?
REGEN-COV consists of two investigational medicines, casirivimab and imdevimab, given together at the same time through a vein (intravenous or IV) OR injected in the tissue just under the skin (subcutaneous injections). Intravenous is more effective, but subcutaneous is a fallback for those to whom IV is not an option.

How long will it take?
After the infusion, we must monitor you for one hour, so please plan to be on site for at least 1 hour and 30 minutes.

How often would I need an infusion?
Currently, we are not administering repeat treatments, as most people will not need this. Very few people would be candidates to qualify for a repeat infusion (those with extremely weak immune systems, for example). For that small group of people, it may be possible to receive an infusion as often as monthly.

What are the side-effects?
An allergic reaction is possible (as with any treatment) but we will be on-hand to nullify a reaction. Most side effects are dealing with the IV (slight bruising from needle, etc.). Other than that, we don't really know - it is still being studied. Most who have been treated report feeling immediately better (in contrast to many reports of the second vaccine dose).

Risks for pregnant and nursing moms?
In short, we don't know. This is untested. 

What does it cost?
Most insurances will cover an infusion. If not, there is a government program to pay for treatment.

How can I get treated?
Call us! 409.210.3336. We can get you scheduled. If you are not our patient, you will also need your PCP to fax over a referral (button below).
Referral Form
As always, if you have any further questions, please ask next time you are at the clinic!

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