When people first started lining up to receive monoclonal antibody treatments at the convention center in Dalton, Georgia, last month in the hopes of fighting COVID-19, the city said prescriptions were not necessary for patients.
Given the somewhat intense nature of the treatment - involving four injections to the abdomen - some wondered how it could be done without a written order from each patient's doctor.
The answer? The Dalton effort is taking place under a standing order from Dr. Jason Nicely, emergency medicine physician at Hamilton Medical Center.
Officials planning the Dalton drive took inspiration from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who launched a rapid response initiative for the treatments in August under an order from the state's surgeon general to waive the need for prescriptions.