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WHO: Use of Untested Ebola Drugs is Ethical



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In light of the rapid spread of Ebola Virus and the increasing number of deaths due to the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that it is ethical to use untested drugs to treat patients, even though the effectiveness and side effects of such drugs are still unknown.

However, the organization says supplies of potential treatments are limited, BBC reports.

One of such drugs, Zmapp, has been administered to two US aid workers and a Spanish priest. The U.S patients have reportedly shown signs of improvement. However, the Spanish priest died. As a result, the efficacy of the drug is still unclear.

Prior to treating the aforementioned patients with the drug, Zmapp had only been tested on monkeys. It has not yet been evaluated for human safety.

Earlier today, the Liberian government revealed that sample doses of ZMapp would be sent to the country to help combat the Ebola.

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  1. Libgirl

    August 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Lord help us.

  2. viviana

    August 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    The alternative is DEATH…so really what’s there to question here?

  3. Fleur

    August 13, 2014 at 1:15 am

    This is where we might begin to see effect modification. Perhaps the US intensive care system was more effective than the spanish system. US is the one place you want to be if you have complications. Perhaps age is a factor. The priest was in his 70s. His body is less resilient. We also dont know how long into his illness before he was provided with the serum. So, these are the things that a randomized study would uncover. I hope the groups that treated each case are taking copious notes. Amazing epidemiology unfolding before my very eyes. How publications….

  4. Oxygen

    August 13, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Abuse of monkey.

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