TAMPA -- Tampa General Hospital says it has become the first Florida hospital to provide a new antibody treatment to a COVID-19 positive patient.
The monoclonal antibody bamlanivimab was developed by Eli Lilly. TGH physicians will give it to COVID-19 positive patients with mild or moderate symptoms on an outpatient basis before they require hospitalization.
The treatment is aimed first at high risk patients, including these categories:
- Age 65 or older
- Currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment
- Have diabetes
- Have chronic kidney disease
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 35
Photo: Getty Images/AFP