We are happy to announce that we have recently launched a COVID-19 response specifically to assist local hospitals and physicians with the administration of monoclonal antibody treatments to eligible patients.
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), monoclonal antibody treatments have proven to reduce viral levels and improve symptoms in non-hospitalized COVID patients. As COVID-19 infections continue and hospitals become short staffed and over-crowded, they are turning to trusted pharmacies like Norland Avenue Pharmacy to help treat infected and exposed patients who are eligible to receive the monoclonal antibody treatment.
Monoclonal antibodies developed to treat COVID-19 target the spike protein, which the coronavirus (SARSCoV-2) uses to enter the host cells. By binding to the spike protein, a monoclonal antibody can help prevent the virus from infecting human cells.
We are proud to be a part of the local COVID-19 response and to provide this needed service to our community. If we can get patients in early, when you first have your diagnosis, or even when you have first been exposed, we have the best chance for a positive outcome.
For best results, monoclonal antibody treatment should be received within 10 days of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. It is also authorized for postexposure prevention of COVID-19 in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or who are not expected to mount an adequate immune response to complete vaccination.
In order to be eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment, you must be at least 12 years old AND have at least one risk factor OR be over 65 years old. Risk factors include being overweight, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, or lung disease like asthma or COPD.
The treatment involves four injections in the stomach, thighs, or arms. You will want to be sure to wear a shirt that allows easy access to the upper arm. Also, don’t arrive with an empty stomach. Be sure to eat something small before your appointment.
Once the injections are complete, you will need stay to be monitored for an hour; the whole process takes about an hour and a half. Consider bringing a blanket or jacket as you may feel cold after receiving the injections. Monoclonal antibody treatment is covered by insurance plans and Medicare, there is no charge.
If you believe you are eligible and you wish to receive this treatment, click here to complete and submit the Patient Intake Form, also located on our homepage. If internet access is not available, you can pick up a Patient Intake Form to complete at the pharmacy drive-thru window. The pharmacy asks that patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed not enter the pharmacy to help protect the staff and other customers.
Once we receive your completed Patient Intake Form, one of our team members will contact you to schedule your appointment. If you provide your primary care physician on your Patient Intake Form, we will be sure to notify them of your appointment, so they can update your patient record. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are here to serve you!