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Asante begins offering antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients

Asante said that it is one of four healthcare providers in Oregon offering the monoclonal antibody treatment, due to emergency use approval from the FDA.

Posted: Jan 27, 2021 11:37 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. — Asante announced on Wednesday that it is now offering monoclonal antibody treatment for coronavirus patients following emergency use approval of the experimental treatments by the FDA.

“The treatment can have a significant impact on the severity of symptoms people experience as well as help reduce the need for more intense hospital-related interventions,” said Lee Shapley, MD, administrator at Asante Ashland Community Hospital. “By treating people at the early onset of their COVID diagnosis, this therapy can help people recover faster with fewer lingering effects of the disease and keep more people out of the hospital.”

Asante says that it is one of four healthcare providers in Oregon currently offering the potentially life-saving treatment for COVID-19 patients. It is specifically being made available at Asante Ashland Comunity Hospital, where community donations to the Asante Foundation helped to fund the necessary equipment for an infusion center.

Offered under this approval are two monoclonal antibody treatments, the Eli Lilly-produced bamlanivimab, and a Regeneron therapeutic cocktail containing both casirivimab and imdevimab.

However, the option is available only for people newly diagnosed with COVID-19 who meet certain medical criteria stipulated by the FDA — making up about 12 percent of people with mild to moderate symptoms of the virus.

These drugs are given through intravenous infusion to people with an early diagnosis of COVID-19 who are in a high-risk category, including people with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, immunosuppressive disease, or those with a body mass index over 35.

“People diagnosed with COVID need to ask their doctor right away if they’re a candidate for monoclonal antibody treatment,” said Dr. Shapley. “It’s important to start treatment immediately after a diagnosis for the best outcome.”

Usually the treatment lasts about an hour, followed by an hour of observation.

“Asante is following recommendations from the FDA to provide the highest quality care and meet the highest safety standards possible for this therapy,” said Kristi Blackhurst, vice president of Operations at Asante Ashland and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. “Treatment can be considered for any person in Asante’s nine-county service area in Southern Oregon and Northern California who has a referral from their doctor.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 191405

Reported Deaths: 2530
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah37970584
Washington25360229
Marion21814306
Clackamas17186209
Lane12838145
Jackson10733135
Deschutes870374
Umatilla814084
Linn482867
Yamhill442275
Klamath433061
Polk371052
Malheur350461
Josephine330868
Douglas322570
Benton303919
Jefferson217034
Coos204933
Columbia171526
Union144423
Lincoln137120
Wasco137028
Hood River118130
Morrow110115
Crook107320
Clatsop9728
Baker94614
Curry6459
Tillamook6403
Grant5065
Lake4447
Harney3388
Wallowa1825
Gilliam621
Sherman581
Wheeler281
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Cases: 3758137

Reported Deaths: 62314
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Riverside2990644587
San Bernardino2965964707
San Diego2779493725
Orange2707445008
Santa Clara1189012085
Kern1090311373
Sacramento1042081672
Fresno1016761684
Alameda876331545
Ventura808421011
San Joaquin730091391
Contra Costa68582803
Stanislaus619161055
Tulare49554839
Monterey43563382
San Mateo41871568
San Francisco36642543
Santa Barbara34317456
Solano32752249
Merced31743458
Sonoma29984318
Imperial28373721
Kings22971246
Placer22550290
San Luis Obispo21282260
Madera16442242
Santa Cruz16188206
Marin14037228
Yolo13894209
Shasta12071226
Butte11962199
El Dorado10111113
Napa985381
Sutter9413111
Yuba622146
San Benito604863
Lassen569824
Tehama556362
Nevada471675
Tuolumne412364
Mendocino406149
Humboldt393939
Amador365247
Lake347043
Glenn238225
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