Intravenous or IV medication available for the treatment of COVID-19

Jackson Hospital brings to our local community the availability of an intravenous or IV medication called Bamlanivimab for the treatment of COVID-19.   The FDA has authorized the use of this medication under an Emergency Use Authorization. 

This new drug is an investigational medication for COVID-19 positive adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older, who are not hospitalized.  These individuals must weigh 88 pounds or more, have only mild to moderate symptoms with a high risk of developing more severe symptoms which may require hospitalization.

“Once you have tested positive for COVID-19 and meet the criteria for this medication, your primary care physician will arrange for your infusion.  Jackson Hospital has seen positive results with the patients who have received this drug and we are hopeful this will continue to prove beneficial in reducing the severity of COVID-19 symptoms”, remarks Kaye Robinson, Infection Preventionist at Jackson Hospital.

Jackson Hospital, located at 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna, FL, has over 109 physicians on staff, 31 of whom have active Medical Staff privileges.  For information on hospital services, visit www.jackson-hospital.com.  To find a physician, please call Rachel Toliver at (850) 718-2629.

About Jackson Hospital

Jackson Hospital is an award-winning facility and is proud of its most recent recognition, the FHA Award of Significance in Reducing Harm Across the Board.  Jackson Hospital is an iVantage Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital.  The hospital was named in The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals:  Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Immunization, and Perinatal Care.  The March of Dimes and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recognize Jackson Hospital as the first hospital in Florida’s panhandle for achieving an early elective delivery rate less than 5%.  The hospital was designated by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a Blue Distinctive Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program, awarded Baby Friendly distinction and received the Florida Award by ACHA and the Florida Department of Health for Safely Reducing Primary CSections