An Oversupply Of COVID Antibody Treatments? Multiple Monoclonal Products Raise Potential For Errors
As distribution of Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment for coronavirus begins, OWS officials worry about provider confusion with Lilly’s product due to differences in preparation and administration.
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Rather than holding half of all vaccines produced to ensure administration of the second dose, only a portion would be held to cover for manufacturing or other problems.
Unused supply for the Lilly and Regeneron therapies has policymakers considering Medicare payment changes for providers managing outpatient infusion, but those may require legislation. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee considers the ‘paradox of unused supply with a relatively scarce product’ and tries to dissect the challenges that may be contributing to the unexpected lack of take-up for the mABs.
India expert panel decides not to back Lilly’s bamlanivimab as a COVID-19 therapy, at least for now, under the accelerated approval route and without local trials, but the US firm is still pursuing an authorization request. Physicians underscore the need for more data on important patient outcomes for the antibody product.