Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Coronavirus: Bamlanivimab will be started in Hungarian hospitals


In Hungary, they will extend the use of bamlanivimab against COVID-19 to four university hospitals and county hospitals after completing the testing phase at the Centrum South Hospital and the Korányi National Pneumology Institute. MTI agency informed about it on Tuesday.

The director of the István Vályi-Nagy Centrum South Hospital said that they would make all relevant information about bamlanivimab available on the hospital’s website, such as instructions for use, as well as a form for the patient’s consent to treatment with the medicine.

According to him, Hungary will receive more than 2,000 doses of bamlanivimab on Tuesday, the supply of which will continue on an ongoing basis, as more and more patients will need treatment in the ongoing third wave of a new coronavirus pandemic.

Bamlanivimab is a preparation from the blood plasma of an already cured person from covid, Vályi-Nagy reminded. It works on the basis of monoclonal antibodies, which are produced in the laboratory and are intended to neutralize the virus by attacking it on a well-defined target.

They administer it more easily or in a moderately ill form by infusion. The director added that so far, of the 15 patients who had been given bamlanivimab, only one had to be hospitalized, but his condition had not worsened, but only stagnated.

In the US, the drug has been approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Germany was the first EU Member State to use this medicine. According to the local Ministry of Health, studies show that administration of this antibody could help reduce the amount of coronavirus in the body, which would have a positive effect on the course of the disease. In addition to Germany, the product is also used in the USA, Canada and Hungary.

The Czech Republic will purchase this antibody against COVID-19 from the American company Eli Lilly. This was announced on February 3 by the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on the social network Twitter.





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