Smart Talk: Antibody treatments successful in preventing serious COVID outcomes

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Airdate: Thursday, April 8, 2021

Soon after former President Donald Trump tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, he received and credited a little-known antibody treatment for making him feel better almost immediately.

The treatment has been called transformative in the fight against the disease, as it is shown to cut the risk of death or hospitalization by nearly 70-percent. 

In 2020, the FDA authorized the treatment for emergency use and UPMC began offering Monoclonal antibody infusions to eligible patients with significant results.

Dr. Richard Wadas, M.D., Emergency Medicine Physician and co-lead of UPMC monoclonal antibody efforts appears on Smart Talk Thursday to discuss eligibility and efficacy of the treatment.

Smart Talk is also joined by Dr. John Goldman, M.D., Infectious Disease specialist, with UPMC to offer insight to other COVID issues and treatments, and will answer vaccine questions.

For more information on Monoclonal Antibody treatment call the UPMC Pinnacle Nurse Advice team at 1-866-9-NURSE1 (1-866-968-7731) or 717-988-T0074.

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