EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Spectrum Health is opening a new clinic to give COVID-19 patients antibody treatments, it announced Tuesday.
The COVID-19 Infusion Clinic at Blodgett Hospital will offer monoclonal antibody treatments for outpatients in the early stages of the illness with mild to moderate symptoms and a high risk of developing a serious case.
“Monoclonal Antibodies are given to sick people who already have a virus inside of them,” said Spectrum Health Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Gordana Simeunovic.
“Their bodies don’t have antibodies to fight the virus. So by giving them monoclonal antibodies, we are trying to help them, help them to fight the virus until they are able to produce their own antibodies,” Simeunovic added.
Spectrum has been offering the treatment at it’s Butterworth location in Grand Rapids since December.
“First patients are tolerating medications really well,” Simeunovic said. “We hear back from them later, the results are very encouraging.”
At Butterworth, eight to 10 patients were treated daily. Fifteen will be treated on a regular day at Blodgett. Up to 30 patients can be seen during a full capacity 12-hour workday.
“It will be working initially five days a week. If needed, we will be working seven days a week,” Simeunovic said. “We have enough medication.”
The Grand Rapids-based hospital system said it will use Eli Lilly’s Bamlanivimab and Regeneron’s Casirivimab and Imdevimab combination, which have received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat COVID-19.
“This is a really game-changing medication,” Simeunovic said. “This can prevent hospitalization.”
Spectrum Health Lakeland is also offering the Eli Lilly treatment.