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Secret serum likely
saved Ebola patients

CNN, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Danielle Dellorto

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Posted By:earlybird, 8/4/2014 10:38:16 AM

Three top secret, experimental vials stored at subzero temperatures were flown into Liberia last week in a last-ditch effort to save two American missionary workers who had contracted Ebola, according to a source familiar with details of the treatment. On July 22, Dr. Kent Brantly woke up feeling feverish. Fearing the worst, Brantly immediately isolated himself. Nancy Writebol´s symptoms started three days later. A rapid field blood test confirmed the infection in both of them after they had become ill with fever, vomiting and diarrhea. (Snip)A representative from the National Institutes of Health contacted Samaritan´s Purse in Liberia and offered

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This is a much more detailed report on Dr. Brantley and the nurse and the special serum that we heard a snippet about. Two vials went to Liberia. Brantley ended up getting the first, after he´d said the nurse should have it, because he had taken a turn for the worse. Read the article. Detailed and fascinating about the development of the serum and how it was used on Brantley and nurse Writebol. And its apparent positive effect on them.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: The Architect, 8/4/2014 10:51:50 AM     (No. 9952724)

FTA - "Getting approval for compassionate use is often long and laborious..."

Doesn´t that kind of negate the idea of Compassionate use?? I understand the need to be careful with new drugs, but if people are dying and there is no other cure available, why should the use of experimental drugs be "Long and laborius"?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Vingoombatz, 8/4/2014 11:01:19 AM     (No. 9952737)

It sounds nice, but I would be careful not
to make strong conclusions from such anecdotal evidence.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mamafrog, 8/4/2014 11:52:54 AM     (No. 9952808)

The evidence might be anecdotal but it certainly provides evidence for further testing in Ebola patients - and there are unfortunately many of those available right now. I expect there will be an effort to produce more of the serum quickly.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Vingoombatz, 8/4/2014 12:03:38 PM     (No. 9952819)

Absolutely. Good point. And any such news is good news. Remember, a death rate of between 60 to 90 percent means a survival rate of 10 to 40 percent. Survivors might be certain types...strong health, strong immune systems, etc. So the monoclonal antibody might be working on top of those things.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: OhMy, 8/4/2014 12:09:20 PM     (No. 9952823)

It makes no sense to restrict compassionate use of experimental medications when the death rate is as high as it is with Ebola. Another treatment that should be tried which is almost certainly better tested, available for many more people, cannot be harmful in any case and has a good possibility of success would be to consult this american doctor and apply the treatment he discusses here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q_RfRIDG3w


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Reply 6 - Posted by: StuartL, 8/4/2014 1:12:16 PM     (No. 9952874)

Hmmm. To me, the combination of CNN and celebrity TV doc Gupta spells "factually unreliable."

What´s potentially more interesting is the reason why, almost exactly two years ago, in August of 2012, the Department of Defense abruptly suspended the funding of two small drug companies (Sarepta Therapeutics, in Washington State, and Tekmira, in Vancouver, B.C.) that were working on vaccines.

Sarepta´s funding cut, amounting to some $80 million out of a potential $290 million contract, entailed an immediate stop-work order.

However, a month later, in mid-September, the FDA granted Sarepta "fast-track" status for two of its experimental anti-Ebola drugs.

Shares (traded on NASDAQ) fell 5% to $8.28 when the funding was yanked in August, but then rebounded to $15.95 after the FDA issued its decision. Again, Hmmm.




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Reply 7 - Posted by: dwa, 8/4/2014 1:13:17 PM     (No. 9952876)

In the heat and emotion of the moment, a patient given an experimental drug and recovers is grateful and happy. But because it is experimental, there may be side effects that create an impact on the patients life long term. There have been many cases in the past that when the euphoria subsides, the patient is no longer grateful to be alive, but is mad about the side effects and sues the manufacturer for big bucks. That is the reality of what has happened in the past and what will undoubtedly happen in the future. Thus, there are two sides to the "compassionate use" argument.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: strike3, 8/4/2014 1:14:00 PM     (No. 9952878)

The secret serum is probably stored right next to the secret serums for cancer, diabetes and AIDS. No sense killing the market too soon.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: harper, 8/4/2014 3:00:59 PM     (No. 9953015)

No doubt Obama has made sure that quantities of this magic serum are available at the border in time for the reported floods of central Africans preparing to enter America through Obama´s open door. /s

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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/4/2014 3:11:08 PM     (No. 9953038)

What #7 said.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: joew9, 8/4/2014 4:20:36 PM     (No. 9953127)

But there is nothing known about the side effects. Hopefully they will live but might suffer side effects by growing whiskers, craving cheese, and tending to scurry under furniture. And a deathly fear of cats.

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