Two Ebola Drugs Get Tested On Patients | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 92 Issue 41 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 13, 2014

Two Ebola Drugs Get Tested On Patients

Department: Business
Keywords: Ebola, clinical trials, France, Guinea, antiviral

Patients afflicted with the Ebola virus have received drugs from Chimerix and Fujifilm. Chimerix’s experimental drug brincidofovir was administered last week to Thomas Eric Duncan, a patient at a Dallas hospital who later died. An oral nucleotide analog, the compound may be effective against all five families of double-stranded-DNA-containing viruses that affect humans, the company says. Meanwhile, Fujifilm’s Avigan, approved in Japan as a flu treatment, may have helped cure a nurse who was being treated for ­Ebola and later was released from a French hospital. Fujifilm notes that a German hospital also requested the drug to treat an Ebola patient.

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