KUMC to participate in COVID-19 clinical trial for outpatient treatment

A new trial will test antibodies on volunteer outpatients who have COVID-19, according to officials.

Dr. Mario Castro, vice chair for clinical and translational research at the University of Kansas Medical Center, said participants in the trial would receive a one-time treatment with an intravenous infusion for 60 minutes. ACTIV-2 is the name of the clinical trial. KUMC is one of 40 participating sites in the trial.

The trial allows the doctors to introduce different agents as they become available, according to Dr. Castro. The first one will be a monoclonal antibody from Eli Lilly and Co. Antibodies are made from immune cells and fight infections.

The drug was manufactured in a lab from antibodies isolated from a patient who had a COVID-19 infection, he said at a news conference on Tuesday morning at the KU Health System. The antibodies were studied, and monoclonal antibodies were developed from it, he said. It targets the spike protein on COVID-19, he added.

“The early phase 2 trials look very promising,” he said. This trial will enroll around the country, and will help determine how safe and efficacious it is, he said.

It is not active treatment, but an opportunity to participate in a study, Dr. Castro said. Some of the study participants will get a placebo, he added.

Those who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 and have mild-to-moderate COVID-19 not requiring hospitalization are eligible for the trial. Those who want to participate in the trial may call 913-588-4022 for more information, he said.

The trial is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, he said.

KU earlier was participating in an Astra-Zeneca vaccine trial that was put on hold to investigate a patient’s reaction to it in the United Kingdom, he said. The trial resumed in the UK but the case is still under review in the United States, he said.

The KU doctors’ news conference is online at https://www.facebook.com/kuhospital/videos/660945301491764.

Central Care Pharmacy opens in KCK

Central Care Pharmacy opened recently inside the doctors’ building at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. (Submitted photo)

Central Care Pharmacy opened recently inside the doctors’ building at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

An outpatient retail pharmacy, it is part of the Health Mart network of independent pharmacies and provides the public with a convenient and efficient way to pick up prescriptions, a spokesman stated.

The announcement of the opening was made by Central Care Cancer Center.

“Central Care Pharmacy is investing in its core team by giving patients superior, reliable care by consistent, well-trained specialists. Patients will know their pharmacist and technicians, which will inevitably, build trust. The trust that the patient will have with our service will make them more assured and comforted that their safety is of utmost priority. This certainly distinguishes Central Care Pharmacy from national chains,” Jackson Warner, Central Care Pharmacy director, said.

The pharmacy’s address is 8919 Parallel Parkway, Suite 250, inside the doctors’ building at Providence Medical Center.

For more information, visit https://cccancer.com/news/central-care-pharmacy-now-open-in-kansas-city-kansas/.

Weather: High near 80 today

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic

Mild weather continues today, on the first day of autumn.

Skies were still a bit hazy in Wyandotte County on Tuesday morning, with a temperature of 63 at 9 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The area will probably experience similar mild weather on Wednesday and Thursday, the weather service said. Smoke from western wildfires remained in the upper atmosphere here on Tuesday.

Rain is not in the Wyandotte County forecast, the weather service said, although storms are currently moving through southern Kansas and southern Missouri.

The next chance for rain in Wyandotte County is Saturday night, with 30 percent, according to the weather service.

Today, it will be partly sunny, with a high near 80 and a south southwest wind of 3 to 6 mph, the weather service said.

Tonight, it will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 62 and a south wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 77, the weather service said. A calm wind will become south southwest around 6 mph in the morning.

Wednesday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 56 and a south wind of 3 to 5 mph, according to the weather service.

Thursday, it will be sunny, with a high near 81 and a south southwest wind of 3 to 8 mph, the weather service said.

Thursday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 60, according to the weather service.

Friday, it will be sunny, with a high near 84, the weather service said.

Friday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 62, according to the weather service.

Saturday, it will be sunny, with a high near 84, the weather service said.

Saturday night, there is a 30 percent chance of showers before 1 a.m., with a low of 56, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 77, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 57, according to the weather service.

Monday, it will be sunny, with a high near 78, the weather service said.