If you have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, there may be treatment options available to you.
MedStar Health is offering a treatment known as monoclonal antibody infusion to help patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are at risk of developing a severe case of the illness. Early clinical trials have shown that this treatment may reduce the need for hospitalization and severe illness. Please note that for this treatment to be impactful, it must be given within 10 days of developing COVID-19 symptoms.
Information & eligibility
What is monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19?
Antibodies are naturally made in our bodies to fight infection. When our immune system meets a new foreign substance in the body, it makes new antibodies that attack the foreign substance. The next time that substance shows up, our immune system can produce the same antibodies to help the body fight it off before it can make a person sick. These types of naturally occurring antibodies provide active immunity. Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins designed to mimic the body’s ability to fight off viruses and pathogens.
Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 has received emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an investigational medicine used for the treatment of COVID-19 patients at high-risk of developing severe illness.
Who may be eligible to receive monoclonal antibody treatment?
Patients who have a positive COVID-19 test but are not hospitalized and are:
- 12 years or older
- Weigh more than 88 pounds
- Experiencing mild to moderate symptoms such as cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, and fever for less than 10 days
- At risk to get very sick from COVID-19
High-risk factors for serious illness from COVID-19 include:
- Age 65 or older
- Obesity (body mass index (BMI) greater than 35)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Immunosuppressive disease
- Currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment
- 55 or older with cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled hypertension or chronic pulmonary (lung) disease
Can children receive an outpatient monoclonal antibody treatment?
Children between 12 and 17 years old who have certain conditions may meet the criteria. Consult with a pediatrician to discuss eligibility.
Requesting an infusion
Talk with your physician to determine if you meet medical requirements. You may also request a screening by scheduling a free MedStar eVisit where a MedStar Health provider will discuss your options with you. Please note that a referral is required to be eligible for this treatment.
MedStar Health monoclonal antibodies outpatient infusion center locations
MedStar Harbor Hospital
3001 S. Hanover St. Baltimore, MD 21225
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
7503 Surratts Rd., Clinton, MD 20735
- MedStar Washington Hospital Center
106 Irving St. NW, Washington, DC, 20010