Local pharmacy authorized to administer antibody treatments for COVID-19

CEDARVILLE — Cedar Care Village Pharmacy has been given authorization by the Ohio Department of Health to administer monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19.

According to a press release, it is believed to be the first community pharmacy in Ohio to give the treatment.

The treatment is for at-risk patients to help them fight off COVID-19.

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Justin Coby, director at Cedar Care, says monoclonal antibodies are created when scientists isolate and clone COVID-19 antibodies from people who have recovered from the disease. Those who have already tested positive for COVID-19 are also eligible.

The pharmacy is focused on administering the treatment to patients ages 65 or older and those who are immunocompromised.

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The pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, starting from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Patients can make an appointment for treatment within 10 days of symptoms starting.

“We’re interested in helping our community because those individuals may not mount enough antibodies to fight off an infection, especially if they have not been vaccinated,” Coby said.