Monoclonal Antibody Infusions

RMC is currently offering monoclonal antibody infusions.

Dr. Bohannan answers questions about Regeneron Treatments.

Monoclonal Antibody FAQ

What are monoclonal antibodies?

Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-produced proteins that mimic your body’s antibodies to certain diseases or viruses. Currently, we are using Regeneron. Regeneron is a mixture of two monoclonal antibodies casirivimab and imdevimab. Regeneron has been approved through the emergency use act by the food and drug administration to be used in individuals who are at high risk of progression of COVID-19 and in individuals who have been exposed to COIVD-19 who are at high risk of developing problems. The food and drug administration has found that the use of these compounds significantly decreased the amount of progression to hospitalization from individuals with COVID-19 or exposure to COVID-19.

How can I receive Regeneron treatments?

We will require a referral from your treating provider either physician or nurse practitioner to be sent to our office and then we will schedule as soon as spots are available.  Once we receive a request from a treating provider centralized scheduling, RMC will contact you directly once the appointment is available

Can I call the clinic to get an appointment for treatment with Regeneron?

We cannot accept calls from the public nor can we accept self-referrals at this time.

What do I need to do prior to my regeneron treatment?

Wear loose clothing. In order to optimize and treat as many patients as possible, we are currently doing subcutaneous injections. If you require assistance getting into and out of the treatment facility please let the scheduler know at that time. We discourage bringing other family members as the area of treatment will have multiple COVID positive patients and we want to try to limit exposure to other family members and other individuals of the community as much as possible.

 What happens once I reach the treatment facility?

Firstly, there will be paperwork to be completed, consent forms will need to be signed, as well as a brief nursing assessment. Vital signs will be taken prior, and after the injection, there is a one-hour monitoring period. Plan to be at the facility at least an hour possibly a little longer depending on how long it takes to get the assessment forms and provide the subcutaneous injections. Our office does not have the ability to follow up if you develop significant difficulty breathing, inability to tolerate food or water. You need to contact your treating provider for further recommendations. If someone presents for treatment and has significant shortness of breath we may refer the patient directly to the emergency room for more aggressive treatment other than the Regeneron injections

Do I have to be insured to receive Regeneron?

If you have insurance the medication is provided at no cost but the injection will be billed to your insurance. For individuals without insurance, we are not charging them any out of costs or out-of-pocket charges at this time. 

Can I receive Regeneron if I’m pregnant?

Pregnancy is an indication for getting Regeneron, but you will need to discuss this with your obstetrician and see if this treatment is right for you. We would still need a referral from your obstetrician for the medication treatment.

Are we prioritizing patients based on severity of illness?

The answer is at this time no. That’s why we have switched to the subcutaneous injection to allow treatment of as many patients as possible in the shortest amount of time.

Does Regeneron take the place of vaccination?

 No. COVID vaccination is the best prevention for COVID-19.

When can I get a vaccination after Regeneron?

 Currently, the food drug administration recommends waiting at least 90 days from Regeneron treatment to receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

How long does Regeneron last?

The Food and Drug Administration has found that treatment with Regeneron significantly decreases hospitalizations and progressive progression of COVID-19 symptoms for up to 29 days.