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Ebola emergency turns spotlight on experimental drugs

Published on Aug 7, 2014 1:00 PM
 
A pharmacist searches for drugs in a pharmacy in Lagos on July 26, 2014. With hundreds of patients in Africa suffering the devastating effects of Ebola, health experts are scrambling to determine which drugs might offer the best experimental treatment, and researchers are being pressed by government officials to speed up their work. -- PHOTO: AFP

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (REUTERS) - With hundreds of patients in Africa suffering the devastating effects of Ebola, health experts are scrambling to determine which drugs might offer the best experimental treatment, and researchers are being pressed by government officials to speed up their work.

Three treatments have shown especially promising results in monkeys, the researchers said.

One, produced by tiny California biotech Mapp Biopharmaceutical, gained international prominence this week when it was given to two US aid workers who contracted Ebola in West Africa and have since shown signs of improvement.

Others are from Vancouver-based Tekmira Pharmaceuticals and privately-held Profectus BioSciences, of Tarrytown, NY.

 
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