Area hospitals have made available Bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody treatment for certain at-risk COVID-19 patients. Phone numbers for referral are at the bottom of this communication.
Bamlanivimab is indicated for high-risk patients testing positive for COVID-19 who:
– Are not hospitalized
– Do not require oxygen therapy
– Have one or more mild or moderate COVID-19 symptom (fever, cough, sore throat, malaise, headache, muscle pain, GI symptoms, shortness of breath with exertion)
– Within 10 days of symptom onset
High risk is defined as patients who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) ≥35
- Have chronic kidney disease
- Have diabetes
- Have immunosuppressive disease
- Are currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment
- Are ≥65 years of age
- Are ≥55 years of age AND have
- cardiovascular disease, OR
- hypertension, OR
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/other chronic respiratory disease.
- Are 12 – 17 years of age AND have
- BMI ≥85th percentile for their age and gender based on CDC growth charts, https://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/clinical_charts.htm, OR
- sickle cell disease, OR
- congenital or acquired heart disease, OR
- neurodevelopmental disorders, for example, cerebral palsy, OR
- a medical-related technological dependence, for example, tracheostomy, gastrostomy, or positive pressure ventilation (not related to COVID-19), OR
- asthma, reactive airway or other chronic respiratory disease that requires daily medication for control.
For Methodist, call 901.516.2255
If you have a patient who meets the indications for bamlanivimab treatment you can refer them to the following Baptist locations:
Memphis: Tipton Infusion Center: 901-226-1182
Baptist Children’s, the Perch (children and adolescents only): 901-227-8900
Baptist Desoto: Outpatient antibiotic infusion area inside hospital; call CPAC which is 1-844-877-2433
You will be asked to Fax a History and physical exam, including medications list and physician order set.
The medication is available at no charge. Baptist is “charging an administration fee but some insurances are covering it. We are not billing patients for any balance at this time.”