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Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Clinic

Patients must meet all eligibility requirements to receive Antibody Therapy Treatment at KMC

Kahuku Medical Center is offering monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy as a new treatment option in the fight against COVID-19.  Current evidence suggests that early mAb therapy can lessen the severity of illness and reduce the risk of hospitalization by up to 70%. 

 

The FDA issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for the mAb therapeutic Regeneron, also known as REGEN-COV, for COVID-19 treatment and post-exposure prophylaxis.  The new KMC monoclonal antibody therapy clinic provides Regeneron to qualifying individuals every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by appointment only.   

 

Monoclonal antibody treatment will play a key role in preventing severe illness and keeping those we love from requiring hospitalization.  The timing of treatment is very important.  Those who meet the criteria have better outcomes when treatment is initiated within 10 days of symptom onset.  If you or someone you know meets the eligibility criteria, please call The Clinic at KMC to schedule a telehealth appointment at (808) 293-6236. 

 

This treatment is promising, but it is not a cure.  If you are considered high risk for severe illness and are not yet vaccinated, free services are available at KMC.  Call (808) 293-6260 to schedule an appointment at the KMC Vaccine Clinic.

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The KMC negative pressure tent is start-of-the-art, offering individual treatment areas, enhancements for sterilization, and HEPA air filtration.  This tent was designed to provide a safe environment for patient care.

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How do I know if I qualify for Monoclonal Antibody Therapy?

Whether or not you are vaccinated, if you are an adult or child 12 years of age and older, weighing at least 88 pounds, you may be able to get therapy if you:

  • Tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and have mild to moderate disease symptoms

  • Are within 10 days of when your symptoms started

  • More likely to have severe illness due to medical conditions or other factors including:

    • Pregnancy (if approved by your OB/GYN)

    • Age greater than 65 years

    • Obesity

    • Chronic Diseases (for example, Diabetes, Heart, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Kidney, Sickle Cell)

    • Neurodevelopmental Disorders (for example, Cerebral Palsy)

    • Immunosuppression 

  • Have been exposed to someone who is positive and you are at high risk for severe illness

*This therapy is not approved for use in patients who are hospitalized due to COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is monoclonal antibody therapy?

Monoclonal antibodies (mAb) are immune proteins that act like your body’s own immune system in response to harmful viruses.  Right now, evidence suggests that early mAb therapy can make symptoms less and reduce the risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19 by up to 70%. 

Kahuku Medical Center offers the mAb Regeneron, also known as  REGEN-COV.  The FDA has issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for covid treatment and post-exposure prophylaxis. 

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Q: What are the side effects of monoclonal antibody therapy?

More than 400,000 people have been treated with monoclonal antibodies.   Side effects of treatment are rare but include GI discomfort, fever, headache, muscle pain, and dizziness.  Patients who experience side effects should tell their doctor and report the side effects to the FDA at www.fda/gov/medwatch.

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Q: If I qualify for monoclonal antibody therapy, how do I schedule an appointment at KMC?

 For people who qualify, the first step is to schedule a tele-medicine appointment with one of KMC’s medical providers.  Please call (808) 293-6236 to schedule an appointment. 

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Q: What should I bring to my appointment?

Bring a photo ID, bottled water, and anything else you feel may be necessary to have with you.   Patient wifi is available in the treatment tent.  Please bring headphones if you plan on listening to music or watching videos on your device.  You will be monitored for one hour after treatment to ensure no reactions to therapy. Please wear clothing that allows access to both arms and legs.  If possible. 

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Q: Where do I go for my appointment once I arrive at KMC?

Park in one of the spaces saved for mAb therapy patients.   Stay in your vehicle during the check in process. Treatment is provided in our state of the art, negative pressure tent located near the main entrance of the hospital.

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