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Bioethicist: Ebola Treatment to
West Is Troubling, Bad Science

NBC News, by Arthur Caplan

Original Article

Posted By:NorthernDog, 8/11/2014 9:26:14 PM

Spanish officials say a 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest who was infected with Ebola and flown back to Spain has received the same therapy as two American aid workers: an experimental treatment called ZMapp never before tested in humans. (Snip) That said, it is very troubling that the only people known to have gotten the drug to date are two Americans and a Spaniard. The drug´s maker, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., said Monday that it also responded to a request for ZMapp from a West African nation and that its supply “is exhausted.” It did not name the nation or say whether

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Liberal logic - if all cannot be saved, then none should be saved.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 8/11/2014 9:42:48 PM     (No. 9962248)

Just imagine the uproar if an untested drug was given to the Nigerians ... and they all died.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: Dilettante, 8/11/2014 9:44:36 PM     (No. 9962251)

Mr Caplan may be "troubled" by this, but I am not.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mossley, 8/11/2014 9:44:45 PM     (No. 9962253)

Exactly, #1. People who want to complain will find a way to complain. Forget the fact that those three could be monitored in controlled conditions to accurately see how the drug was performing.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 8/11/2014 9:47:14 PM     (No. 9962255)

Caplan is a leftist of the highest order. I am repelled by him because I remember him supporting the husband and odious lawyer in the Terri Schiavo case. I will never forget that. I take with a grain of salt anything he has to say. It disgusts me that Fox has him on occasionally. He´s as bad as Bob Beckel only he´s a doctor.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tennman, 8/11/2014 10:13:02 PM     (No. 9962287)

Let´s see what Mr. Caplin´s missing:
1. Very very expensive
2. Very few doses are there since it´s experimental
3. Waivers and disclaimers coming out the wazzu to be signed
4. Side effects completely unknown

Guess reality doesn´t exist in his world


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Reply 6 - Posted by: KTWO, 8/11/2014 10:58:13 PM     (No. 9962349)

When a drug or treatment is very, very, limited I think it makes sense to treat the geographic outliers first. That should erase any new site of infection while it is tiny.

The reverse, helping a mere handful of people in West Africa today, wouldn´t change much.



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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/11/2014 11:18:02 PM     (No. 9962367)

Whining is not going to create more.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: kiwinews, 8/11/2014 11:55:00 PM     (No. 9962396)

Quantities of "something we are testing in the lab" ? commercial production quantities. Do you make a washtub of dip for a party of 8?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jl80863, 8/12/2014 2:06:35 AM     (No. 9962454)

What, precisely, is a "bioethicist"? It strikes me that this is another artificial discipline designed to make liberals feel good about themselves.

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