Bayfront Health Punta Gorda is offering monoclonal antibody therapies for the treatment of some cases of COVID-19
“For certain individuals recently diagnosed with COVID-19, monoclonal antibody therapy may help prevent hospitalization or worsening symptoms,” said Simon Grinshteyn, M.D., FAPWHc, BC-ADM, family medicine provider with Bayfront Health Medical Group. “The infusion consists of man-made antibodies that mirror the antibodies of patients that recovered from the COVID-19 virus. The research is showing that this therapy may limit the amount of the virus in the body; therefore, helping symptoms improve sooner.”
Monoclonal antibody therapy is approved for certain patients who:
. Have positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing,
. Are experiencing mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms, and
. Are at high-risk for COVID-19 symptoms progressing to severe levels.
High risk is defined as patients who meet at least one of the following criteria in addition to meeting the previous criteria:
. Are 65 years or older
. Have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher
. Have diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or aimmunosuppressive disease
. Are currently taking immunosuppressive medication
. Are 55 years or older and have heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), or a chronic respiratory disease
Bayfront Health Punta Gorda is administering this one-time treatment twice a week. A physician order is required and appointments can only be made by an active physician on Medical Staff at Bayfront Health Punta Gorda.
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Simon Grinshteyn, M.D., FAPWHc, BC-ADM, is board certified in both family medicine and advanced diabetes management, with additional certification in wound management and hyperbaric medicine. He provides preventive and diagnostic care for acute and chronic illnesses, with special interests in advanced diabetes care and hypertension management. His goal is to help patients achieve optimum health.
Fatin Albezargan, M.D., is board certified in family medicine. She enjoys all aspects of preventive care and the management of chronic diseases, helping your entire family achieve and maintain good health.
Luis Casanova, M.D., is a board certified internist that treats a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases that most often affect adults and the elderly population.
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