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Florida man admits producing, selling ricin

(Miami Herald) A Florida man pleaded guilty Tuesday to producing and selling ricin and abrin and sending some of the deadly toxin overseas to a woman who wanted to kill her mother. Jesse William Korff, 19, pleaded guilty in federal court in New Jersey to several counts of producing, developing, possessing  Read More »

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  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  Read More »

How two U.S. patients changed the debate about using untested Ebola drugs

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  Read More »