Antibody Cocktail in Moderate to Severe COVID-19 Infection: A Series of 10 Cases
B3-504, Ganga Constella, Kharadi, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
In the wake of the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, scientists all over the world are in a relentless search for a cure. None of the therapies advised till date have shown significant benefit in treating COVID-19 infection. An antibody cocktail consisting of a combination of casirivimab and imdevimab is the newest weapon in the armamentarium against the disease. Currently, it has shown great promise in treating mild non hospitalised cases. The authors present the results of a series of 10 cases aged 31-76 years that demonstrate the efficacy of this cocktail in treating moderate to severe cases as well. All the patients received Roche’s Antibody cocktail© on admission and standard treatment protocol comprising of remdesivir, methylprednisolone and low molecular weight heparin was given. Oxygen supplementation was titrated to achieve a target oxygen saturation (SpO2) of 88-92%. Majority (70%) of the patients demonstrated an improvement in SpO2/Fraction of Inspired Oxygen (FiO2) ratio and a decline in the inflammatory marker levels 3-5 days after receiving the cocktail. Eight out of the 10 patients could be discharged home after 10-14 days of admission. The remaining two had severe disease with Computed Tomography Severity Index (CTSI) >17/25 and died despite receiving all the available therapies. Antibody cocktail is an effective adjuvant therapy against moderate to severe COVID-19 pneumonitis, demonstrating rapid improvement in SpO2/FiO2 ratio, inflammatory markers and a shortened duration of hospital stay.