COVID-19 Treatments

CMH offers monoclonal antibody infusion treatments and antiviral medications for patients with COVID-19.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the following outpatient treatments:

  • Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir), an oral antiviral, for adults and pediatric patients who are 12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg. Therapy must begin within 5 days of symptom onset. Patients on interacting medications may not qualify for therapy. Not recommended for severe renal or liver failure.   
  • Remdesivir, an IV antiviral, for adults and certain pediatric patients. Therapy must begin within 7 days of symptom onset.  Not recommended for severe renal or liver failure. Three appointments are required and there may be a copayment depending on insurance provider.   
  • Bebtelovimab, a monoclonal antibody, for adults and pediatric patients who are 12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg. Therapy must be given within 7 days of symptom onset. Given as an IV injection with a one hour monitoring period. One appointment is required and there may be a copayment depending on insurance provider.   
  • Molnupiravir, an oral antiviral, for adults only. Therapy must begin within 5 days of symptom onset. This option is reserved for patients that are not candidates for other therapies.  

Learn more about these treatments at fda.gov.

Who Qualifies?

Factors that may increase your risk of developing severe disease or being hospitalized include older age, lung problems, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, weakened immune system, chronic kidney or liver disease, pregnancy, and obesity.   

Oral antivirals are NOT authorized for use in patients:

  • Requiring hospitalization due to COVID-19
  • For pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis
  • For longer than 5 days of therapy

Monoclonal antibody treatment is NOT authorized for use in patients:

  • Who are hospitalized due to COVID-19, or
  • Who require oxygen therapy due to COVID-19, or
  • Who require an increase in baseline oxygen flow rate due to COVID-19 in those on chronic oxygen therapy due to underlying non-COVID-19 related comorbidity.

How can I access these treatments?

Patients with a test-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis that are experiencing symptoms may be eligible for outpatient treatment. Please contact your primary care provider to see what treatment options may be available. Stephens Pharmacy at CMH is now a Test to Treat location. Testing is available at the drive-thru window. Patients will be asked to wait in their vehicle for results and a prescription if they qualify for oral antivirals. Please call 417-326-2416 for more information.  

CMH Infusion Center

Patients who are approved for therapy will be contacted by a CMH Infusion Center staff member to set up an appointment. Patients will receive instructions for arrival and check-in at that time. Patients will be provided with the EUA Fact Sheet before infusion. Patients are required to stay at the infusion site for one hour of observation following their infusion. Monoclonal antibody infusions are scheduled Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Call 417-328-4300 to find out if you are a candidate for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19.