Antibody cocktail from Eli Lilly showing promise to reduce effects of COVID-19

first_img Twitter Google+ Previous articleCici’s Pizza files for bankruptcyNext articleLocal students eligible for Indiana Sheriff’s scholarship Network Indiana By Network Indiana – January 28, 2021 1 180 CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Antibody cocktail from Eli Lilly showing promise to reduce effects of COVID-19 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Facebook (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) Eli Lilly says its new antibody cocktail could greatly reduce hospitalizations and deaths for high-risk COVID-19 patients.Their new drug bamlanivimab when combined with the drug etesevimab was found to be extremely effective in high-risk COVID patients. Both drugs are monoclonal antibodies, which mimic natural antibodies the immune system uses to fight the coronavirus.In a late-stage study that included more than 500 COVID-19 patients, Eli Lilly representatives said the antibody cocktail was 70% effective. None of the patients who got the cocktail died.“Notably, the 70 percent decrease in risk of hospitalizations or death seen in this Phase 3 trial of bamlanivimab and etesevimab together is consistent with the reduction in risk of hospitalization or ER visits seen with bamlanivimab alone in the Phase 2 trial. Bamlanivimab alone is authorized for emergency use as a treatment for high-risk patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 in the U.S. and widely available for use,” said Daniel Skovronsky, M.D., Ph.D., Lilly’s chief scientific officer and president of Lilly Research Laboratories.Skovronsky said the single drug and the cocktail performed equally well but the company is going to switch to making the combination once it receives FDA authorization.Skovronsky also believes these treatments will be able to treat new variants of coronavirus that come up as the virus evolves.In November, Lilly submitted a request to the FDA for emergency use authorization for bamlanivimab and etesevimab together as another treatment for for mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms in high-risk patients. That is still under review by the FDA.Former President Donald Trump as well as former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani all received monoclonal antibodies shortly after they were diagnosed with COVID-19. Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Google+last_img

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