FDA expanded access programs, sometimes called “compassionate use,” represent a process by which patients with immediately life-threatening conditions or a serious disease can gain access to an investigational medical product for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or alternative therapy options are available.
The convalescent plasma program is being run through the Mayo Clinic, to which Piedmont will report back its data. The convalescent plasma program involves the donation of plasma, the liquid portion of the blood, from COVID-19 survivors and possesses antibodies. Antibodies are the protein the body uses to fight infections. The Red Cross is one organization that is receiving donations of plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19 and then donating them to Piedmont patients who are part of the program. This program is available at all Piedmont hospitals.