Kochi: As the medicines are about to get expired, the Kerala government has given instructions to medical departments to give antibody cocktail treatment to the Covid 19 patients. The decision was taken as the monoclonal antibody cocktail medicines that were provided by the centre, to be administered to the high risk patients, would expire on 30 November. The state government had included the antibody cocktail treatment in the guidelines for treatment for the Covid-19 patients in the beginning of last month.
In May last year, the state got 2335 vials (two doses in a single vial) of this medicine from Germany via HLL Life Care. This medicine was used in some districts including Kollam. There are more than one thousand doses left. These were handed over to the medical colleges. The cocktail treatment is effective only if the medicine is given as soon as the symptoms begin to show.
A special medical board has been formed at Ernakulam Medical College to distribute the medicine. This medicine would be given through six hospitals in the district. The treatment centres should hand over the list of the patients who could be given the medicine, to the medical board every day. The medicine will be administered only to those patients who are approved by the medical board.
The medicine is given to Covid-19 patients who are above 60 years. In the market, a dose of this medicine costs Rs 60,000.