July 22, 2021

Study: Monoclonal antibodies help prevent hospitalization in high-risk COVID-19 patients

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

In this study by Mayo Clinic researchers, two monoclonal antibodies administered separately helped prevent hospitalization in high-risk COVID-19 patients.

Included in the analysis were 2,747 patients who received bamlanivimab and 849 patients who received casirivimab-imdevimab from November 19, 2020, to February 11, 2021.


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After 28 days, all cause and COVID-19-related hospitalization rates were 3.98% and 2.56%, respectively.

After adjusting for comorbidities, there was no significant difference in all cause and COVID-19-related hospitalization rates between the two monoclonal antibodies.

The researchers concluded that monoclonal antibodies are associated with a low rate of hospitalizations, provided patients receive them early in the course of their COVID-19 infection.

Presently, the Food and Drug administration does not authorized the use of bamlanivimab alone as an emergency use treatment. It is now authorized only as part of a drug combination with etesevimab.

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