Shortage of Antibody Drug Limits Treatment at KRMC

Published by The Bee News

February 2, 2022

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Kingman, Arizona, February 2, 2022 – Effective immediately, Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) will restrict the use of monoclonal antibody therapy, reserving its limited supply for patients with a high risk of severe disease progression. With this treatment, patients receive an infusion of lab-made antibodies to help them fight COVID-19 infection.
KRMC has recently begun using a different drug for monoclonal antibody infusions, shifting from regeneron to sotrovimab. Evidence suggests regeneron has little effect on COVID-19 illness from the Omicron variant.

 

“Unfortunately, sotrovimab is in short supply nationwide,” says Dr. John Ashurst, an emergency medicine physician at KRMC who oversees the COVID-19 infusion clinic. “Of course, this impacts how many patients we are able to treat with this therapy.” As KRMC transitions from the use of monoclonal antibodies in the coming weeks, providers will begin to offer
oral antiviral pills to treat COVID-19 in eligible patients. Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 can call (928) 681-8699 for treatment screening.

KRMC encourages individuals to get vaccinated and boosted to protect against COVID-19. “Even if you do catch COVID-19, you’re much less likely to need hospital care if you’ve been vaccinated,” says Dr. Ashurst.

About Kingman Regional Medical Center

(KRMC) is a 235-bed multi-campus health care system in Kingman, Arizona that employs over 1,900 employees, 150 volunteers, and 270 physicians/allied health professionals. KRMC is the largest provider of health and wellness services in northwestern Arizona. It is home to an advanced imaging center, cancer center, cardiovascular center, rehabilitation and balance center, wound care center, sleep disorders center, acute rehabilitation specialty hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, hospice home, and beautiful wellness center.
KRMC is also a teaching hospital offering residencies in emergency medicine and family medicine and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The hospital received the Arizona Innovation Award for its efforts to proactively enhance healthcare in a rural community. The hospital’s vision is to provide the region’s best clinical care and patient service through an environment that fosters respect for others and pride in performance. For more information, visit www.azkrmc.com.

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