WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in outbreak

Geneva - A World Health Organisation panel of medical ethics experts ruled on Tuesday that it is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines as potential treatments or preventions in West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak.

The United Nations health agency said provision of experimental Ebola drugs required "informed consent, freedom of choice, confidentiality, respect for the person, preservation of dignity and involvement of the community".

The panel met to discuss whether various experimental medicines and vaccines being developed for Ebola might be used in the outbreak, despite not having been fully tested or licensed.

The meeting was called after an experimental Ebola drug called ZMapp, made by US biotech company Mapp Biopharmaceutical, was given to two American health workers infected with Ebola in Liberia.

"Ebola outbreaks can be contained using available interventions like early detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitoring, and adherence to rigorous procedures of infection control," the panel said in a statement.

"However, a specific treatment or vaccine would be a potent asset to counter the virus."

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Thando Tshabangu 2014/08/12 02:50:45 PM
About time
Kgahliso Makoli 2014/08/12 03:10:55 PM
i hope this is not all talk and no action!!
Langa Kapueja 2014/08/12 03:21:01 PM
Finally, animal rights movements are jumping up and hugging... No more innocent mice and chimps will endure harsh conditions in medical research labs... We can now use humans as lab rats... Did you hear that; LAB RATS...and preferably Africans... They don't mind, they never mind!!! You can even paint yourself black, wear like them and stick pillows up your backside... Africans never mind!!! Ok, carry on with whatever >:-(
Brandon Eric Mitchell 2014/08/12 03:53:20 PM
Experimental drugs hmmm?.....i smell Zombie apocolypse.