We’re At the Point Where Whatever’s in the Pot on the Kitchen Stove?

Give that puppy a shot.

Experimental drug provided to Dallas Ebola patient

North Carolina drugmaker is providing its experimental antiviral drug to a Dallas patient being treated for Ebola, an emergency step authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said Monday that their patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, is in critical condition and being treated with brincidofovir, an oral medicine developed by Chimerix Inc.

The Durham, North Carolina-based drugmaker said earlier that physicians sought FDA permission to use the company’s drug, which is in late-stage testing for several other types of viruses.

The FDA grants emergency access to unapproved drugs on a case-by-case basis, usually when a patient faces a life-threatening condition for which there are no alternatives. The agency has not approved any drugs or vaccines to safely and effectively treat Ebola.

Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas last Tuesday after recently arriving from Liberia.

Brincidofovir is an antiviral drug being tested against several common viruses, including one that infects patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. Chimerix is working with the U.S. Department of Defense on developing the drug as a treatment against smallpox.

Laboratory tests suggested it may also work against Ebola.

That’s worth repeating. This is NOT an Ebola drug ~ developed FOR the treatment or prevention of Ebola.

This a drug in development for other things entirely, that someone’s praying may work on Ebola, too.


4 Responses to “We’re At the Point Where Whatever’s in the Pot on the Kitchen Stove?”

  1. JeffS says:

    The next few months may live down to that ancient Chinese curse, “May you live to see interesting times”.

  2. Dr Alice says:

    To quote another movie, “Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.” I mutter that to myself every time it looks like things are spinning out of control.
    In other words, I say it a lot.

  3. aelfheld says:

    Don’t say we got nothin’.

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson his own self is in Dallas right now. He’ll shake that virus down in no time.

  4. mojo says:

    This shit breaks loose, you’ll see the “Foot and Mouth” solution in play.

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