December 02, 2020
North Charleston, SC – Today Trident Medical Center announces it has started administeringthe monoclonal antibody therapeutic, bamlanivimab, for the treatment of non hospitalized patients with mild ormoderate confirmed cases of COVID 19. The therapy received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Foodand Drug Administration (USFDA) on November 9. “The primary goal of the medication is to preventhospitalizations by treating the most at risk COVID positive individuals,” explained Trident Health Chief MedicalOfficer Dr. Lee Biggs.
According to the USFDA bamlanivimab is appropriate for emergency use for the treatment of mild to moderateCOVID 19 in adults and pediatric patients with positive results of direct SARS CoV 2 viral testing who are 12 yearsof age or older weighing at least 40 kg (88.1849 lbs.), and who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID 19and/or hospitalization. High risk criteria include:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 35
- Have chronic kidney disease
- Have diabetes
- Have immuniosuppressive disease
- Are currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment
- Are ≥ 65 years of age
- Are ≥ 55 years of age AND have
- cardiovascular disease, or
- hypertension or,
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/other chronic respiratory disease.
- Are 12 17 years of age AND have
- BMI ≥85th percentile for their age and gender based on CDC growth charts,https://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/clinical_charts.htm , or
- sickle cell disease, or
- congenital or acquired heart disease, or
- neurodevelopmental disorders, for example, cerebral palsy, or
- a medical related technological dependence, for example, tracheostomy, gastrostomy, or positivepressure ventilation (not related to COVID 19), or
- asthma , reactive airway or other chronic respiratory disease that requires daily medication for control.
“The approval of bamlanivimab is an important step in the fight against COVID-19 and reducing hospitalizationsrelated to the virus,” added Dr. Biggs. “We have received 150 doses. In the meantime we have communicatedwith our primary care and ER physicians the criteria for prospective patients; trained staff on how to administerthe drug; and have created a separate unit for patients who’ll receive the medication.
Trident Health will identify prospective patients through its five ERs at Trident Medical Center, Summerville Medical Center, Brighton Park Emergency, Centre Pointe Emergency and Moncks Corner Medical Center andthrough primary care providers. Palmetto Primary and Specialty Care Physicians and Fetter Health Care Networkare the first two primary care providers to participate. The three hour infusion treatment process will be administered only at Trident Medical Center.
For more information on bamlanivimab go to HHS.