Federal government caps number of monoclonal antibody treatments for each state


ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) – Finding an empty parking space in a large number of King’s Daughters Medical Center is very rare. Dr Charbel Salem said there were also a lot of people inside the hospital.

Walking through the busy parking lot, Salem said, “It represents what this hospital and others in the United States are dealing with with high volumes of patients and COVID-19 with others. “

The federal government will begin to cap and allocate a specific number of monoclonal antibody treatments sent to states based on the number of cases and use of the treatments. Officials said the shortage is due to manufacturers unable to meet demand.

Earlier this week, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Commonwealth health care providers would no longer be able to order treatment directly.

State governments will now oversee the distribution of a capped number of treatments administered to each state from week to week.

Salem said the antibody treatment was transformational in keeping hospitals below capacity.

“The reason we’re using these drugs right now is to try to stop patients from getting to the point where they end up here with us. [at the hospital] as much as possible, ”Salem said. “The antibodies help five to seven days after catching the virus.”

For Christie Addington, when she was diagnosed with COVID-19, she said it was the sickest she had ever been.

“It was tiring. I had a headache and the brain fog is real. It still hits me every now and then,” Addington said.

After receiving the antibody treatment, Addington said she experienced relief and improvement within 24 hours.

“It’s great to know that there is something out there that can compensate for the symptoms,” Addington said.

As hospitals brace for the antibody shortage, Salem said he and other medical professionals will continue to provide the best possible care.

“We will try to get as many antibodies as possible. But my best advice, knowing that this could be a challenge signifying the shortage of antibodies, is to get the vaccine, ”Salem said.

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