Regeneron’s REGEN-COV Antibody Treatment

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Emergency Covid-19 Treatment

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REGEN-COV is an FDA-approved monoclonal antibody treatment and emergency post-exposure safeguard for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. First identified in December of 2019, the novel coronavirus variant would have a devastating ripple effect throughout societies all over the world. Moreover, the worldwide health emergency we have come to recognize as the Pandemic has continued to affect millions of families around the country. 

With public safety in the spotlight, as of August of 2021, the FDA has authorized REGEN-COV as a post-exposure treatment for high-risk individuals. It targets those most at risk of developing serious complications from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.(1) 

You can trust Mylissa Graber, MD, MBA, FACEP at Dr. G’s Urgent Care to provide you with the knowledge, reassurance, and guidance to make good medical choices for your whole family. With four convenient locations in South Florida, we offer timely, informed pandemic advice and a range of urgent care solutions from friendly, knowledgeable healthcare professionals. Call (561) 330-9363 to speak to us about your urgent care needs!

For a full list of our urgent care services in South Florida, please see our website for more details.

The REGEN-COV Treatment 

In the face of the unprecedented medical challenges of a global pandemic, scientists have worked diligently and speedily to produce effective antibody-based treatments for the disease. Regeneron’s REGEN-COV Antibody Treatment has two main uses:

  • Treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 88lb)
  • Emergency use to prevent infection after being exposed to COVID-19 for adults and pediatric individuals (12 years of age and older weighing at least 88lb)

High-Risk Individuals

The CDC identifies several demographics who are most at risk from COVID-19:

  • Older people over 65
  • Obese or overweight people
  • Pregnant individuals
  • People with chronic kidney disease
  • People with diabetes
  • Immunosuppressive disease and/or treatment
  • People with cardiovascular disease
  • Individuals with chronic lung diseases 
  • People with sickle cell disease
  • People diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Individuals who have medical-related technological dependence

The REGEN-COV antibody treatment is available to high-risk patients who meet certain specific criteria. High-Risk individuals are classified by the FDA as those who are not fully vaccinated, or people who cannot mount an adequate immune response after vaccination. This group includes individuals with immunocompromising conditions, such as HIV, type 1 diabetes, and autoimmune disorders. 

Additionally, high-risk individuals increase their probability of infection if they have been exposed to COVID-19 through known close contact with someone who has the virus. Those deemed most at risk are in frequent close contact with others in institutional settings such as nursing homes and prisons.(1)

COVID-19 Symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 vary from person to person. In some individuals, COVID-19 symptoms can resemble the flu or mild allergies, but others who are infected may be completely asymptomatic. Some people may become seriously sick and require rapid medical attention. 

Common Symptoms of COVID-19 (4)

  • Cough
  • Fever or chills
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • New fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Congestion or runny nose

It is important to take swift action and get prompt medical help if you or someone you love’s condition deteriorates. If you or a family member’s symptoms start to develop or worsen, come to Dr. G’s Urgent Care for testing and treatment solutions as soon as possible. 

To contact any one of our Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Fort Lauderdale, and Coral Springs locations, call (561) 330-9363.

REGEN-COV Treatment Information

Monoclonal Antibodies

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Our immune system’s production of antibodies is its main biological defense against transmissible infections such as bacteria, microorganisms, and viruses. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are developed in laboratories to help our bodies’ antibody response. They are a viable therapeutic option to treat COVID-19 disease and its complications. (2) In the simplest of terms, mAbs block viruses from entering cells on a molecular level. Casirivimab and imdevimab are the two monoclonal antibodies that have been FDA approved for emergency COVID-19 treatment in certain individuals. They are administered together in one single procedure.They are usually given through intravenous infusion; through a vein or a subcutaneous injection. 

Administering REGEN-COV After COVID-19 Exposure

REGEN-COV can be administered via either intravenous infusion or subcutaneous injection within 96 hours of the patient’s exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Side Effects

Some people may experience side effects from the REGEN-COV treatment. In FDA observations, the most common side effects were injection site reactions, which occurred in 1% of subjects.(1) These include, but are not limited to:

  •  Skin redness (erythema)
  • Itchiness (pruritus)
  • Skin discoloration (ecchymosis)

In the same observed studies, There were no cases of severe hypersensitivity reactions, or potentially life-threatening allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis.

No Substitute for Vaccination

You should not consider REGEN-COV as a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19. 

REGEN-COV antibody treatment does not have the same properties or uses as the selection of FDA-approved vaccines for COVID-19. The FDA has authorized three vaccines to prevent COVID-19: (3)

  • Comirnaty and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Do Your Part

Help your community stay safe and fight the spread of the virus! At Dr. G’s, we align with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the FDA and urge you to get vaccinated and stay up-to-date with boosters if you are eligible to do so. 

Our services are available after hours to help your family when you need it the most!

Limiting Community Spread in Florida

At Dr. G’s., your family’s health is our priority. We want to make you aware of the latest government safety guidelines so that you can protect the people who matter most! The CDC has outlined a number of key ways to help stop COVID-19 from spreading in your community. 

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated areas.
  • Test frequently.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.
  • Monitor your health daily.

Together, we can work to stop the effects of COVID-19 for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors!

For COVID Testing & Treatmenturgent care,  speedy prescription medication services, and much more, you can count on Dr. G’s.

REGEN-COV at Dr G’s Urgent Care

At Dr. G’s, we offer essential medical services in the fight to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further. As well as offering rapid testing and PRC tests, we also provide the post-COVID REGEN-COV emergency treatment. Call us at (561) 330-9363 to get through to our South Florida locations.

Urgent Care Hours

Our locations are all open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Specific hours of operation will vary according to the location. We also offer extended hours during the week and remain open on weekends and holidays (Holiday hours vary from our regular hours.). 

Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Lake Worth locations hours: 9AM-9PM

Coral Springs location hours: 10AM-10PM

You can call ahead if you are on your way so our trained staff can better assist you when you arrive.

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FAQ

What are monoclonal antibodies?

Monoclonal antibodies, sometimes referred to as mAbs, are developed in laboratories to help our bodies’ natural antibody response to infection. They are used intravenously or injected into the body in medicines such as the REGEN-COV antibody treatment for COVID-19.

What is a post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19?

Prophylaxis is the term given to a medical action taken to prevent disease and limit serious complications. In the case of COVID-19, some medications may be used to treat the virus after a patient has been exposed to the virus.

Where can I get REGEN-COV antibody treatment for COVID-19?

The Regeneron REGEN-CON antibody treatment for COVID-19 is available at a multitude of locations state-wide. It is an FDA-approved medication for post-exposure treatment, (1) and can be administered to patients who meet specific criteria. Contact your healthcare provider for further information.

When am I considered fully vaccinated after a COVID-19 vaccine?

You are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receipt of the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or two weeks after receipt of a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (4)

Who monitors the spread of COVID-19 in the United States?

The way that COVID-19 spread is monitored varies from nation to nation. In the United States, the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) collects and sends case data related to COVID-19 to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). (6)

Can I take the REGEN-COV treatment instead of getting the vaccine?

The REGEN-COV antibody treatment is NOT a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19. It has been approved for emergency use only to treat patients who have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The CDC advises all eligible US residents to get vaccinated, either with a two-dose course (Comirnaty/Pfizer-BioNTech, Modern) or single dose vaccination (Janssen). Additional booster doses may be required in the future.

When was REGEN-COV approved for emergency treatment by the FDA?

The Regeneron REGEN-COV antibody treatment was approved for emergency post-exposure use in COVID-19 patients in August of 2021. (1)

References

  1. Research, C. for D. E. and. (2021). FDA authorizes REGEN-COV monoclonal antibody therapy for post-exposure prophylaxis (prevention) for COVID-19. FDA. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-authorizes-regen-cov-monoclonal-antibody-therapy-post-exposure-prophylaxis-prevention-covid-19 
  2. Deb, P., Molla, Md. M. A., & Saif-Ur-Rahman, K. M. (2021). An update to monoclonal antibody as therapeutic option against COVID-19. Biosafety and Health, 3(2), 87–91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bsheal.2021.02.001 
  3. Commissioner, O. of the. (2020). COVID-19 Vaccines. FDA. https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines 
  4. Ranjbar, K., Moghadami, M., Mirahmadizadeh, A., Fallahi, M. J., Khaloo, V., Shahriarirad, R., Erfani, A., Khodamoradi, Z., & Gholampoor Saadi, M. H. (2021). Methylprednisolone or dexamethasone, which one is superior corticosteroid in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients: a triple-blinded randomized controlled trial. BMC Infectious Diseases, 21(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12879-021-06045-3 
  5. Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC. (2021, December 10). Www.cdc.gov. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/covid-19-vaccines-us.html#:~:text=A%20person%20is%20considered%20fully 
  6. CDC. (2020, February 11). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/about-epidemiology/monitoring-and-tracking.html#:~:text=Systems%20like%20the%20National%20Notifiable