Medina Memorial authorized to provide Covid-19 medications for non-hospitalized patients

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 9 December 2020 at 7:38 am

MEDINA – Orleans Community Health has announced that Medina Memorial Hospital has been provided with the antibody medications approved by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization through the Federal and State Covid-19 programs.

“These medications are for patients who are confirmed positive for Covid-19 and have high risk complications that put them at a high risk for hospitalization”, said Kathleen Brauen, Pharm D. Director of Pharmacy at Orleans Community Health.

The drugs are Bamlanivimab and Casirivimab/Imdevimab.

Both drugs can only be given to non-hospitalized patients with mild or moderate symptoms only. They are an infusion and must be administered at the hospital. The infusion and observation period required are around two hours, Brauen said.

Patients interested in these drugs should discuss them with their healthcare provider to determine if they are a good candidate.

Any medical provider interested in setting up these infusions at Orleans Community Health for their patients can call Melanie Lusk in Care Management at 798-8490.