UTICA, NY (WUTR / WFXV / WPNY) – As we continue to try to fight the pandemic, Steven and Colleen Pardi of The Ilion Medicine Shoppe are not only working to get the community tested for COVID-19, but also to provide monoclonal antibody therapy at their wellness clinic at Francesca’s banquet and dining hall.
“A lot of people have said that I really think it saved my wife or I really think it saved my wife’s life so it works, there’s no question about it,” said pharmacist Steven Pardi, who runs the clinic with his wife Colleen.
Treatment consists of two injections of monoclonal antibodies that go directly after the coronavirus. Pardi explains that this is for people who have risk factors for infection, especially if they have tested positive for the virus.
“Some of the risk factors are age over 65, BMI, diabetes, high blood pressure, lung disease, kidney disease, immune suppression and pregnancy. When we do this treatment you get the full effect of the antibody, whereas as a vaccine or booster it takes 14 days for the body to reach that maximum amount, ”said Pardi.
About a week ago, Pardi said there had been a temporary shortage due to the federal government’s cut in shipments. However, The Medicine Shoppe worked with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to locate more than 300 doses, and they are now well supplied. In terms of cost, the federal government has purchased a large amount of this antibody treatment, which they provide to the state and the states distribute to treatment centers.
“There is ultimately no co-payment for the patient if he has insurance, we take everything that the insurance pays and there is a co-payment if he has no insurance, my wife and I are covering the cost of this so there is no cost to pay, we want everyone to get treatment, ”said Pardi.
This particular antibody doesn’t work well when fighting the omicron variant, but Pardi tells us scientists are working soon to roll out a treatment for this new variant.