Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-09-16 22:37:53 –
Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) — St. Claire HealthCare announced this week that it will offer monoclonal antibody therapy to patients who are COVID-19-positive or who may have been exposed to the virus.
Caitlin Guerin of PharmD, Pharmacy Operations Manager at St. Clair Healthcare, said:
The hospital began offering treatment through a “home care program” in August, but a spokesman said in an email that the demand for treatment was growing rapidly.
In the email, a spokesman said the hospital “converted a field tent just outside the hospital’s front door to a monoclonal antibody injection treatment center.”
With the national shortage of monoclonal antibodies, the decision was made to provide treatment on the premises of the hospital.
Governor Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday that the federal government would change the distribution of monoclonal antibody therapy due to supply shortages.
Bescher warned Thursday, “We’ll be within a week, when there are people who want and need this treatment and can’t get enough of it.”
Gerin said he was concerned about the shortage, but is grateful that the hospital is still able to get the product.
“We are dealing with shortages every day,” she said. “We have dealt with many of them lately. We have to try every day and use whatever we can get, so now to help treat our patients I have a lot of medicine I need. “