Floyd has expanded access to outpatient monoclonal antibody treatments, with three hospital facilities now administering the therapy to patients who are eligible and receive a physician referral.
What is monoclonal antibody treatment?
Monoclonal antibody therapy is a treatment for COVID-19. It uses human-made proteins to help your body fight off the virus that causes COVID-19. It can help reduce life-threatening symptoms and keep you out of the hospital.
How do I receive treatment?
Monoclonal antibody therapy is a one-time treatment for a patient has mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms and has risk factors for developing severe disease. It's given by intravenous infusion, or IV. (An IV is a needle with a small plastic tube that's placed into your vein.)
How long does the treatment take?
You should plan on about two hours for your treatment. We will meet you at your car and walk you inside, collect your vitals, review your health history and prepare the medicine. The infusion itself takes around 20 minutes. After the infusion, we'll watch you for up to an hour.
Will I need to quarantine after I receive treatment?
Yes, you can still spread COVID-19 to others, so you'll want to make sure you continue to:
- Stay home for your quarantine time period, which is typically 10 days after your positive test.
- Rest and stay well-hydrated.
- Wash your hands often.
- Wear a mask when around others.
- Social distance.
- Do not share personal items with those in your household.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
Does the treatment work?
Floyd continues to mirror the original clinical study with approximately 3.5% of high-risk patients being hospitalized after monoclonal antibody treatment compared to a 10% hospitalization rate among high-risk patients without treatment.
What are the side effects of this medicine?
Side effects are not common, but bruising, slight discomfort and redness at the IV site can happen. This should go away within a few days.
What if I have a reaction during treatment?
There are providers who can check your reaction and treat any symptoms. After your treatment, you'll receive instructions and guidance on signs and symptoms to look for and who to follow up with
Do I have to come in for other doses?
No, just one treatment can keep you from getting sicker and going to the hospital.
How much will this medicine cost me?
The medication remains free to our patients, and the infusion procedure and supplies are what's charged. Treatment is covered by health insurance. If you don't have health insurance, our financial counseling team will work with you.
When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
You should wait 90 days after the monoclonal antibody infusion to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Can I still receive this treatment if I have had a vaccination?
Yes, patients who have been vaccinated have seen the benefits of this treatment. The treatment is for all patients who test positive for COVID and are at high risk for hospitalization.
Can I bring food to eat while I'm there?
We ask that you do not eat while at your infusion appointment.
Can pregnant or breastfeeding patients get monoclonal antibody therapy?
We recommend you talk about the risks and benefits with your doctor.