Lubbock doctor continues COVID-19 antibody infusions with the remaining doses at the state facility
Lubbock doctor continues COVID-19 antibody infusions with the remaining doses at the state facility

Lubbock doctor continues COVID-19 antibody infusions with the remaining doses at the state facility

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – When the state of Texas closed its COVID-19 monoclonal antibody infusion center on 50th Street & University Avenue in Lubbock, Dr. Houssam Al Kharrat made a phone call to his colleagues there with the question of what would become of the remaining medicine. Now he is in possession of the 415 doses in hopes of continuing to provide the treatment to the needy.

“We made infusions here before,” said Dr. Kharrat about his West Texas Digestive Disease Center infusion center. “It was a different type of framework. We improved our attitude towards the infusions and we had a really hard time accessing medicine. Since we have all our applications with the government in order, they had no problem transferring that medicine to us. , so we can still provide a service here. “

The medicine is bebtelovimabwhich was granted an FDA Emergency Permit in February, “for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients with a positive COVID-19 test and who are at high risk of progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, and for whom alternative COVID-19 treatment options approved or approved by the FDA are not available or clinically appropriate. “

“For patients who are a high-risk patient, it can change people’s lives,” Kharrat said. “It can prevent you from being admitted. It can prevent you from losing life. It is extremely important to keep these programs and these medications available to the public. COVID is not gone. It’s under control, but it’s not gone. ”

Kharrat told KCBD that because the government does not sponsor the infusion program, the treatment will cost patients costs.

“We need to get insurance approved,” Kharrat said. “We talked to the city and they’re looking right now to see if it’s a self-paying patient or an unfunded patient, if they can help with their infusion. We want a payment program if they need it. So we will do our best not to return anyone for finances. “

Patients seeking treatment must have a doctor’s referral and make an appointment.

click here for information on the West Texas Digestive Disease Center, 5115 80th Street.

The following information is provided by the Lubbock Public Health Department following the closure of the state-sponsored infusion center:

COVID-19 medicines are available on prescription at many local pharmacies. If you have mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms, test positive and are at risk for serious complications from COIVD-19 disease, call your doctor or health care provider to see if antiviral medication is right for you. You must take oral COVID-19 medication within five days of your first COVID-19 symptoms. Not everyone will need or qualify for the medicine. A thorough medical screening is necessary before receiving a prescription.

Vaccinations are still the best defense against severe COVID-19 disease and complications. If you are at high risk for COVID-19, be sure to keep up to date with your COVID-19 vaccine. The first doses and boosters are available free of charge at the Lubbock Public Health Department. Call 806-775-2933 to make an appointment.

For more information on antiviral medications, call 1-800-232-0233.

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