April 30, 2021
MASSENA, NY – St. Lawrence Health System’s Clinical and Rural Health Research Department was selected in September 2020 to be part of the COVID-19 ACTIV-2 Outpatient Monoclonal Antibodies and Other Therapies Trial. The trial has been underway at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, and has expanded to Massena Hospital, with oversight provided by Massena Hospital Chief of Medicine Birinder Singh, MD, FRCPC.
“ACTIV-2 is designed to help us rapidly identify treatments that have the potential to radically alter the current pandemic, and make a profound difference in the lives of people who have mild to moderate COVID-19,” stated Infectious Diseases provider Daniel Soule, DO.
While initial treatments are offered primarily at the Massena location, some Potsdam appointments may be available upon request. Trial participation requires patients to have follow-up appointments, which can be conducted at either location.
[SLHS Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator Jennie Flanagan, RN, draws a blood sample from a COVID-19 ACTIV-2 clinical trial participant.]
“Follow-up visits help us track the patients’ COVID-19 symptoms and identify any improvement or progression of the disease. The follow-up visits include some laboratory work, a physical exam, and checking vital signs,” noted Clinical Research Director Carly Lovelett, CCRP.
Some investigational treatments under study in the clinical trial will advance through one or more research phases. “This study is designed to study multiple investigational agents simultaneously, creating an atmosphere where exciting new treatments are consistently being studied,” Ms. Lovelett said.
She further noted that while effective vaccines will be essential to preventing COVID-19, treatments will also play a vital role in our approach to ending the pandemic.
ACTIV-2 is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which also funds the ACTG. ACTIV-2 is part of NIH’s Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV), a public-private partnership program to create a coordinated research strategy that prioritizes and speeds development of the most promising treatments and vaccines. It is also receiving support from the Federal COVID Response – Therapeutics, the U.S. government’s multi-agency effort to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.
To view COVID-19-related videos, and to learn more about SLHS’s Clinical and Rural Health Research Department, visit https://www.stlawrencehealthsystem.org/services/clinical-research.