Which medications in the drug class Monoclonal Antibodies are used in the treatment of Viral Pneumonia?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Monoclonal Antibodies

Humanized monoclonal antibodies such as palivizumab are useful in the prevention of lower respiratory tract disease caused by RSV in pediatric patients.

Palivizumab (Synagis)

Palivizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody directed against the F (fusion) protein of RSV. Given monthly through the RSV season, it has been demonstrated to decrease the chances of RSV hospitalization in premature babies who are at increased risk for severe RSV-related illness.


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