Monoclonal Antibody Work Receives Media AttentionApr 28, 2021
When Gary Springs and his wife, Sharon, were diagnosed with COVID, they did not feel well and did not know what to expect…“Now we have data on thousands of patients that really definitively prove that this treatment works. Now the challenge is actually getting the word out to the public, getting the word out to providers that this treatment exists, how to access the treatment, and then getting people in for infusions that need it,” said Dr. Adit Ginde, a UCHealth emergency department physician.
Research shows that newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients have the best results if they have access to monoclonal antibody treatment immediately to prevent severe illness and hospitalization, according to UCHealth.
A new antibody treatment that was once administered to former President Donald Trump is now widely available to people coming down with COVID-19…“So, it’s a similar concept to convalescent plasma, that you’re giving antibodies from recovered patient to a sick patient. The difference is some of them may be good, some of them may be not so good in terms of antibodies. This is a particular approach where you identify those that are highly potent,” Dr. Adit Ginde with UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital Emergency Medicine said.
COVID-19 drugs that supply virus-blocking antibodies are keeping newly infected people out of the hospital…Days later, they were told by their doctor about a new monoclonal antibody treatment at UCHealth that could speed up their recovery while lessening their symptoms.