FAQ

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

What is monoclonal antibody therapy?

Monoclonal antibodies are made in a laboratory to fight a particular infection (in this case, SARS-CoV-2) and is designed to reduce the risk of severe symptoms and the need for hospital admission. Monoclonal antibodies are able to do this by blocking the Covid-19 virus from entering your cells and continuing to infect your body.

 

WHAT MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY THERAPY DOES MDLAB HEALTH SERVICES USE?

MDLab Health Services utilizes two separate medications at this time. We use Eli Lilly’s medication, Bebtelovimab. For more information about Bebtelovimab, please visit https://www.fda.gov/media/156153/download.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY THERAPY AGAINST COVID-19?

The monoclonal antibody medications we use show up to an 85% reduction in the need for hospital admission. Most patients begin to feel better within 48 hours.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

  • Negative reactions during and after infusion with Bebtelovimab are rare, but may occur.

  • Allergic reactions can happen during and after infusion with Bebtelovimab. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following signs and symptoms of allergic reactions: fever; difficulty breathing; low oxygen level in your blood; chills; tiredness; fast or slow heart rate; chest discomfort or pain; weakness; confusion; nausea; headache; shortness of breath; low or high blood pressure; wheezing; swelling of your lips, face, or throat; rash including hives; itching; muscle aches; dizziness; feeling faint; and sweating.

HOW LONG DOES THE THERAPY TAKE?

  • For Bebtelovimab it will take 30 seconds for the IV infusion, and will be followed by a 1-hour observation.

WHO CAN RECEIVE THE MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY THERAPY?

  • You must be within 7** days of your first day of Covid-19 symptoms, be 12 years or older and have at least one high-risk comorbidity. You must also be able to present a positive Covid-19 test result (a PCR or rapid will be accepted). If you suspect you have Covid-19 but have not been able to get a test, we can offer you a rapid test at one of our fixed clinics (Ferris or Rockwall) free-of-charge.

    **This has been changed from 10 days on 03/07/2022 due to a change made by the FDA**

WHAT HIGH-RISK COMORBIDITIES QUALIFY SOMEONE FOR TREATMENT?

The high-risks are (but not limited to):

  • Age 65 or older

  • Overweight (BMI > 25) Check your BMI here: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm

  • Diabetes

  • Cardiovascular disease (including congenital heart disease and hypertension)

  • Chronic Lung Disease (COPD, mod-severe asthma, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension)

  • Immunocompromised or immunosuppressed patients

  • Chronic Kidney disease

  • Pregnancy

  • Sickle-cell disease

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders

DOES IT MATTER IF I AM VACCINATED/UNVACCINATED?

No, vaccination status will not affect your ability to receive the monoclonal antibody therapy.

ARE MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES A VACCINE?

No. While the treatment does offer a boost to your immune system and protection against a more severe Covid-19 infection, monoclonal antibodies are not a vaccination. Additionally, the medication works entirely outside of your cells.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO GET AN IN-HOME APPOINTMENT?

Once you have registered for an in-home infusion, someone will reach out to you within one business day to schedule an appointment.

8:30am – 2:30pm
  • Thursday March 3rd: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday March 5th: 2:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Monday March 7th: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Wednesday March 9th: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Monday March 21st: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Wednesday March 23rd: 4:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday March 29th: 4:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Friday April 8th: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Sunday April 10th: Time TBD