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Infusion center reopens after drugs dispatched

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick told 12News that 144 doses of the therapy arrived Tuesday. They are now rescheduling patients affected by the shutdown.

BEAUMONT, Texas – The Southeast Texas Regional Infusion Center in Beaumont has reopened after receiving an allocation of monoclonal antibodies.

(EDITORS NOTE: Video above is from a Feb. 7, 2022 newscast.)

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick told 12News that 144 doses of the therapy arrived Tuesday.

They are reopening immediately and rescheduling patients for infusions

The infusion center closed on Wednesday February 2 when they ran out of treatment drugs. At the time, there was a waiting list of around 600 people and they only had medicine to treat a third of them.

They reopened on Friday February 4 and temporarily closed again on Monday February 7.

They must prioritize treatment for those most in need.

Priority is based on things like age, weight, underlying conditions, and whether a person is immunocompromised.

Although the supply has dwindled and some people are being turned away, officials say the infusion center has still had a massive impact.

“It’s great,” said Todd Senters, vice president of operations at Baptist Hospitals. “I don’t know if you can put a number or a value on what this particular treatment facility has meant to this community, due to the fact that all of our medical facilities were in real crisis.”

Officials say the plan is to keep the infusion center open for as long as possible, but it all comes down to the drug supply they receive from the federal government.

COVID-19 Antibody Therapeutics in Texas:

REGN = Regeneron Cocktail (More Info)

BAM+ SUMMER = Bamlanivimab and Etesevimab

SOTR = Sotrovimab (More Info)

You can see which of the above treatments are available around Texas infusion centers on this interactive map here.

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