December 3, 2020
New COVID-19 antibody therapy set for distribution
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) - A new investigational monoclonal antibody treatment that may reduce hospitalization for people infected with COVID-19 will be distributed to hospitals and patients in skilled nursing facilities throughout San Bernardino County.

The federal government funded the distribution of 484 units of Bamlanivimab to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health to provide the treatments to emergency rooms and skilled nursing facilities. The treatment from Eli Lilly is similar to the Regeneron treatment given to President Donald J. Trump during his hospitalization in October, but his was for more critically ill patients and does not have FDA Emergency Use Authorization.

“This medication will allow our county to treat a significant share of our high-risk patients who do not require hospitalization,” said Dr. Erin Gustafson, the County’s Acting Public Health Officer. “We are hopeful that this therapy will help residents who can take it to recover quickly from this virus.”

The therapy is used to treat COVID-19 in non-hospitalized adults and adolescents 12 years or older, typically those who arrive in emergency rooms and test positive for the virus with mild to moderate symptoms and who meet the following criteria:

• Have a body mass index (BMI) over 35

• Have chronic kidney disease

• Have diabetes

• Have immunosuppressive disease

• Are currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment

• Are older than 65 years of age

• Are older than 55 years of age AND have

o cardiovascular disease, OR

o hypertension, OR

• chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/other chronic respiratory disease

“This medication will allow our county to treat a significant share of our high-risk patients who do not require hospitalization,” said Dr. Erin Gustafson, the County’s Acting Public Health Officer. “We are hopeful that this therapy will help residents who can take it to recover quickly from this virus.”

Allocations of Bamlanivimab will be provided by the state on a weekly basis until the supply from the federal government is exhausted. Additionally, future allocations are anticipated to benefit more patients on an ongoing basis.
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