Doctors warn against monoclonal antibody treatments despite SC Gov. McMaster's encouragement

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster posted a video on his social media pages Tuesday encouraging monoclonal antibody treatments.

“While finding vaccinated is the best defense, if you do get it, monoclonal antibody treatments can decreased your chance of critical symptoms and hospitalization. When Peggy and I received the virus, my physician reported I need to choose the antibody treatment, so I did. I hardly ever experienced severe signs and symptoms and I think that is partly due to that remedy.”

But Dr. Arash Poursina of Infectious Disease Professionals of Piedmont suggests this treatment method isn’t really Fda permitted, and really should only be utilised in circumstance of emergencies.

“Their immunity is not genuinely prolonged-long lasting or detailed and they absolutely never do as very good a job as the vaccine in preventing the sickness,” he instructed FOX 46 in an job interview Tuesday. “Put up-exposure prophylactics with these monoclonal antibodies, I am not saying is a undesirable factor but it is the 2nd-most effective point and we do not have extensive-expression basic safety knowledge on lots of of these monoclonal antibodies proper now, and like I said they are not Food and drug administration accredited,” he mentioned.

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Dr. Poursina states individuals treatment options are only for unexpected emergency use for substantial-threat patients with moderate indicators. He describes the monoclonal treatment method as someone cooking food stuff for you, and the COVID-19 vaccine as someone supplying you the recipe to make it by yourself.

“So when you happen to be in fact exposed to COVID, your immunity is all set and you have completely ready built antibodies to neutralize the virus. That is why the efficacy of the vaccine much, far exceeds the monoclonal antibodies in avoidance of an infection, reduction of transmission, reduction of hospitalization, prevention of demise and so on and so forth.” 

Poursina states 1 of the problems with the treatment method is that you previously have COVID and then you go and get the treatment method. 

“When you acquire the monoclonal antibody following you have been diagnosed with COVID, possibilities are that in the beginning, it may basically make you sense worse and you could get even sicker. Their facts exhibits that they reduce hospitalization and dying by 70%. What about that 30%? That signifies 1 out of each and every 3 individuals that will get COVID in spite of having the monoclonal antibodies ends up dying or being hospitalized with critical disease. There is no comparison,” Dr. Poursina suggests. 

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