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Make more Ebola drug
and give it to Africans

CNN, by Harriet A. Washington

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 8/6/2014 5:54:50 PM

One of the many questions surrounding the revelation that Americans Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol received a little-known, experimental serum for their Ebola infection is: "Why did we hear nothing about it earlier, and how did they gain access to it?" (Snip) First, it violates the principle of distributive justice: The benefits of the drug are being inequitably distributed, with skilled, economically secure professionals more likely to benefit. Also, by what reckoning do we decide that the doctors´ role increases their value and dictates they should be given a preferential chance to survive? Distributing the drug through a clinical trial

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Distributive justice? What if the new drug turns out to have unforeseen side affects? She would be first in line to demand the lab´s head (and money).

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: My 2 Cents, 8/6/2014 5:59:53 PM     (No. 9955872)

And guess what if these drugs have adverser reactions in those infected they can sue the company that manufactures them?

Who watches CNN anymore?

At least our two Americans knew what they were getting into.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: eoddad, 8/6/2014 6:03:03 PM     (No. 9955876)

This is great. The scientist and doctors can work for free, the rent on the lab can be free, and all the equipment can be free. And anybody stupid enough to buy shares of stock in the BIOTECH can loose all their money. Utopia is finally here.

CNN should do business this way.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: melman, 8/6/2014 6:13:40 PM     (No. 9955885)

"Experimental Serum" Did CNN miss those two words?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jl80863, 8/6/2014 6:17:35 PM     (No. 9955891)

Number 1 is correct. One adverse reaction and Sharpton and Jackson would be screaming about using non-Caucasians for drug testing and medical experiments.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mamafrog, 8/6/2014 6:18:35 PM     (No. 9955894)

I was wondering when this level of pointless outrage would start. The Americans got an American drug and were brought home to America where they can be carefully cared for, monitored and studied. Perhaps they will get better, perhaps they will not, but if they die we will know that it was not due to lack of supportive medical care. There is every reason in the world if they survive to make more of the drug and test it in Africa on those who are ill. The drug is not a vaccine.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 8/6/2014 6:22:51 PM     (No. 9955900)

As Rush said--Ebola is nothing compared to the death toll wreaked by outlawing DDT and how many poor Africans have been victim of that knothead Rachel Carson? Everything in prespective.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tren9, 8/6/2014 6:25:17 PM     (No. 9955906)

In the 60´s an anti-nausea drug was given to pregnant women. It ended up causing severe birth-defects. It is one of the main reasons that drugs have to go thru extensive trials.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mc squared, 8/6/2014 6:38:10 PM     (No. 9955919)

Sure. The Obama factories can turn out more vaccine.

If it turns out the majority of the recipients are black and it goes badly we´ll all pay for it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 8/6/2014 7:12:36 PM     (No. 9955946)

There were only 3 doses available and not a whole lot of time to decide. What? Should they have devised a quick lottery? And perhaps it was a better thing to try and save the life of a doctor who is actively working on solving the disease. Yes - sometimes some people have a higher value than others by virtue of their potential contributions to all. But, some folks can see deviousness where none exists.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LadyVet, 8/6/2014 7:39:59 PM     (No. 9955982)

From this point, if Americans contract Ebola and are in American, they can get the drug as needed, first come, first serve. As far as I know, the doctor let the other American go first. I think he would have done so regardless of the color of the patient´s skin.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Dante, 8/6/2014 7:42:41 PM     (No. 9955986)

Sorry to break it to you, you twit, but "skilled, economically secure professionals" are more valuable to society at large.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Scribelus, 8/6/2014 7:45:55 PM     (No. 9955988)

CNN is staffed by drooling airheads.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Civilservant, 8/6/2014 8:46:28 PM     (No. 9956055)

Is it wrong of me to say Auck Ffrica?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: StuartL, 8/6/2014 9:39:29 PM     (No. 9956119)

#7 -- What many people forget, or perhaps never knew, is that thalidomide was never used in the U.S. -- only in Europe. FWIW.

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