COVID-19 MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY THERAPY

FOR THE TREATMENT OF COVID-19
available at some local CPESN IOWA pharmacies

What are monoclonal antibodies?

Monoclonal antibodies are a type of therapy to treat COVID-19. They are similar antibodies to the ones your body would naturally make in response to infection. They are designed to target the spike protein interfering with the ability for the virus to attach and enter human cells. This therapy can be extremely effective but it is not a replacement for the vaccine. 

CPESN IOWA pharmacies offering Monocolonal Antibody (MAB) Therapy administer Regen-COV through 4 injections under the skin vs an infusion of the medication. This can conveniently be administered in the patient's home, a nursing facility or other location. 

Who is eligible to receive monoclonal antibodies?

Monoclonal antibody treatment is available to individuals who:

  • Are high risk** for developing severe COVID-19 AND

  • Have a positive COVID-19 test and have not yet been admitted to the hospital AND

  • Are 12 years of age or older (and at least 88 pounds)
     

Post-exposure preventive monoclonal antibodies are available to those who have been exposed (consistent with the CDC's close contact criteria)* AND who are:

  • High risk** for developing severe COVID-19 AND

  • Not fully vaccinated OR vaccinated but immunocompromised AND

  • 12 years of age or older (and at least 88 pounds)
     

*In some cases, direct exposure isn't a criterion. If you meet the criteria above and are at high risk of exposure to an individual infected because of an occurrence of infection in other individuals in the same institutional setting (for example, nursing homes or prisons), you are eligible for post-exposure preventive monoclonal antibodies.

**High risk includes any of the following:

  • 65 years of age or older

  • Overweight (body mass index over 25)

  • Pregnancy

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)

  • Weakened immune system

  • Currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment

  • Cardiovascular disease/hypertension

  • Chronic lung disease

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders

  • Medical-related technological dependence

Monoclonal antibodies are not authorized for patients who are hospitalized due to COVID-19 or require oxygen therapy due to COVID-19. 

Find a Pharmacy administering Monoclonal Antibodies near you 

If you are a patient, a provider or facility needing Monoclonal Antibody treatment or post-exposure prophylaxis contact a pharmacy near you to refer a patient or schedule an appointment.  

Monoclonal antibody treatment and post-exposure prophylaxis is by APPOINTMENT ONLY. See map below for which CPESN Iowa member pharmacies are offering this treatment.