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WHO OKs use of experimental drugs for Ebola patients in West Africa

(Los Angeles Times) A World Health Organization panel advised Tuesday that it was ethical to use experimental, non-approved drugs to combat the Ebola virus in West Africa, and that five such treatments were being considered for “compassionate use”. “There was unanimous agreement among the experts,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of health systems  Read More »

Limited Ebola Drugs Raise Ethical Questions

(Newsmax) A panel of ethicists convened by the World Health Organization Monday will begin weighing whether drugs that haven’t been widely tested for safety should be used in an outbreak where about 40 percent of infected people survive with just supportive care. If so, the panel members must address who gets the medicines, which so far  Read More »

Second Drug Is Allowed for Treatment of Ebola

( NY Times) The Food and Drug Administration helped clear the way on Thursday for a second experimental drug to be tried by people in Africa stricken with the Ebola virus. The drug, being developed by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals of British Columbia, was in the initial phase of human testing, which is on healthy volunteers, when the  Read More »

Biological Weapons Convention Experts Meeting Concludes

(United Nations Office at Geneva) The 2014 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting of Experts was held at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 4 to 8 August 2014.  Formally known as the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, the Convention was  Read More »

DoD Establishes Ebola Task Force

(Global Biodefense) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has established an internal Ebola task force to evaluate how the department can most effectively support overarching U.S. government and international efforts to prevent further transmission of the virus, the Pentagon press secretary said today.