FDA authorizes expanded use for REGEN-COV mAb!
The FDA has authorized an additional use for the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapeutic REGEN-COV (casirivimab and imdevimab). The REGEN-COV Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) has been expanded to include post-exposure prophylaxis. FDA’s authorization of a therapeutic product for post-exposure prophylaxis is a significant advancement in the COVID-19 response that supplements vaccination for disease prevention.
The new authorization is for post-exposure prophylaxis use:
- in adult and pediatric individuals (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg) for post-exposure prophylaxis of COVID-19 in individuals who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, and are:
- Not fully vaccinated or who are not expected to mount an adequate immune response to complete SARS-CoV-2 vaccination (for example, individuals with immunocompromising conditions including those taking immunosuppressive medications) and
- Have been exposed to an individual infected with SARS-CoV-2 consistent with close contact criteria per CDC or
- Who are at high risk of exposure to an individual infected with SARS-CoV-2 because of occurrence of COVID-19 infection in other individuals in the same institutional setting (for example, nursing homes or prisons)
For more information about this new indication and REGEN-COV in general, please see the updated (7/30/2021) Healthcare Provider Fact Sheet at https://www.fda.gov/media/145611/download.
February 18, 2021 – Request Antigen Tests From VDH
- VDH has both BinaxNOW COVID-19 antigen cards and BD Veritor supplies available for distribution to physician offices. Information on how to order these tests is below.
- For information on the BinaxNOW card, click here. To Order Abbott BinaxNOW Ag Cards please use the following link: https://forms.gle/3o1dNSLusNi7w6Sg8
- For information on the BD Veritor tests, click here. To order BD Veritor tests and analyzers please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
February 17, 2021 – VAFP Sends Letter to Governor Emphasizing Importance of Family Physicians Role in Vaccine Distribution
The leadership of the VAFP has been working on behalf of all members to emphasize to the Governor and the Virginia Department of Health the vital importance of primary care in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please click here to view the letter that was sent to Governor Northam, Secretary Carey and Commissioner Oliver on February 17th. We will continue to keep you apprised on VAFP’s work on your behalf.
Important COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Information
- For those of you that are interested in providing the vaccine to your patients when it is available, please note the following important information.
- The first step is to complete the Provider Intent Form. The Provider Intent Form cannot be saved and must be completed all at once. Further instructions can be found here .
- Once a Provider Intent is submitted, VDH will contact the applicant to move forward with finalizing the CDC Agreement and Provider Profile. VDH is working through the Provider Intents as quickly as possible, so please provide accurate contact information and please be patient. If you have questions, you can reach out to email@example.com
- If you are a provider who is interested in providing the COVID-19 vaccine and have yet to submit your intent form, or if you would simply like more information on the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution process, please see the VDH COVID-19 VACCINE WEBSITE.
The Virginia Department of Health recently launched COVIDWISE, a mobile app that can notify people of exposure to someone with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Use of the app, designed to help contain the spread of the virus as public activity increases, is voluntary and would require that individuals download the software on their phones, activate notifications and self-report a positive COVID-19 test.
- August 26 – COVID-19 Update
- August 16 – COVID-19 Update
- August 6 – Health Commissioner Update
- June 30 – COVID-19 Update
- May 14 – COVID-19 Update
- April 7 – COVID-19 Update
- March 4 – COVID-19 Update
- January 25 – COVID-19 Update
- January 11 – COVID-19 Update
- December 30 – COVID-19 Update
- December 21 – COVID-19 Update
- December 7 – COVID-19 Update
- December 7 – VDH Announces New Contact Tracing Prioritization and Reduced Quarantine Guidelines