Advent Health Ocala’s ICAM Protocol Takes on COVID-19: Clinician Drives Real World Evidence & Breakthrough

Advent Health Ocala’s ICAM Protocol Takes on COVID-19 Clinician Drives Real World Evidence & Breakthrough

Physicians, nurses, and all healthcare workers have served heroically during this pandemic, not only in the U.S. but all over the world. Faced with a novel coronavirus and minimal treatment options, and in the case of remdesivir, severe shortages and high cost—Health systems, hospitals and community clinics seek alternative, safe treatments that can save lives. Recently, a pharmacist serving as a director of pharmacy for AdventHealth Ocala faced a challenging situation as COVID-19 cases spiked while the only provisionally approved medication at the time, remdesivir, was in short supply. What does an innovative health system do in this situation? In the case of AdventHealth Ocala, part of the nation’s largest not-for-profit, Protestant-based health system, they tapped into their knowledge and creativity, medical and scientific intellect, as well as  drive and desire to save lives, and developed a protocol called ICAM. It appears to be highly effective, observationally. If ICAM proves to work consistently, AdventHealth and Carlette Norwood-Williams, PharmD, have done the nation, and for that matter, the world, a compelling service. Next comes a study to investigate the efficacy of t...

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