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Do any treatments reduce the risk of infection after you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19?
Two monoclonal antibody therapies are authorized by the FDA for post-exposure prophylaxis, i.e., to help prevent infection in people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Both therapies are combinations of two different monoclonal antibodies: One therapy is sold as REGEN-COV (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) and is a combination of casirivimab and imdevimab, and the other is a combination of bamlanivimab and etesevimab (administered together). Either therapy can be given by intravenous infusion, while REGEN-COV can also be given by subcutaneous (under the skin) injection.
Both therapies had previously been authorized only for use in treatment of existing mild to moderate COVID-19 infection (i.e., not severe or hospitalized cases or cases requiring oxygen therapy).
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ConsumerLab.com will update this article when and if other post-exposure prophylaxis treatments become available.