However, the doctors say that the demand is mostly panic driven and there are much cheaper alternatives to treat the severity of Covid in the third wave.
The Health Department has treated Covid-19 patients at government medical college hospitals with monoclonal antibodies, according to senior officials.
Getting popular in the state for its effectiveness, the drug contains artificial antibodies that mimic ability of immune system to fight off harmful pathogens like viruses
Monoclonal antibodies made news as a treatment for COVID-19 when they were given to then US President Donald Trump in November last year after he tested positive for the disease.
Akanksha Chawala, a critical care pulmonologist at Apollo hospital in Delhi, said she had used the therapy in just two patients but the results had been extraordinary.
Two private hospitals in Chennai - Kauvery Hospital and Gleneagles Global Health City Hospital - have launched ‘monoclonal antibodies cocktail’ therapy for Covid-19 patients.
Cadila Healthcare is the listed entity of the group. ZRC-3308 has been found to be safe and well tolerated in animal toxicology studies.