Health September 29, 2021 | 2:33 pm

Dominican Republic introduces drug REGEN-COV for treatment of COVID-19

The Ministry of Public Health acquired a new high-cost drug for the treatment of COVID-19, which prevents the admission of patients to intensive care.

Regen-Cov combines the monoclonal antibodies casirivimab and imdevimab, two types of potent virus-neutralizing antibodies, provided by Roche.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Rivera, said that the country is the first in Latin America to obtain this drug with an initial investment of 85 million pesos.

“The drug acts as a rehabilitator and prevents the patient from reaching severity, thanks to the prompt decision of the President of the Republic to acquire it, being the first country in the region to obtain this drug,” expressed Rivera.

“It is available in the country, and the combination prevents the virus from affecting healthy cells. It is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Digemaps registry. It is a neutralizing antibody.

He added that it avoids morbidity of 20 percent, 75% in outpatient of which the patient can be hospitalized.

However, the Health Minister recommended applying the three doses of vaccines against Covid-19 to avoid hospitalization.

The drug will be available starting this Wednesday in the emergency areas of the health centers:

Hospital Docente Dr. Francisco E. Moscoso Puello
Dr. Marcelino Vélez Santana General Regional Hospital
President Estrella Ureña Regional University Hospital
José María Cabral y Báez Regional University Hospital

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Johnny Doe
September 30, 2021 12:18 am

So this is another new experimental drug that seems to work, but we don’t know the long term side effects. So if this is a preventative measure (profilaxis) prior to severity, why not use a proven, near zero side effect, cheaper medicine like Ivermectin? We know that it works over 99% of the time!

William Robertson
October 1, 2021 7:27 am
Reply to  Johnny Doe

Wishful thinking as there are no reliable studies to support your statement.

J. Allan
September 30, 2021 6:45 pm

? manufactured in my town

VanniaVel Mamallan
April 6, 2023 11:51 am
Reply to  J. Allan

Where is ur town..? Can u get hold of it..?