US frees up another experimental Ebola drug
Published on Aug 8, 2014 6:06 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US regulators loosened restrictions on a new experimental drug for treating Ebola, which may allow it to be tried on infected patients in West Africa, the company said on Thursday.
The Canada-based company, Tekmira, said the US Food and Drug Administration changed the classification of its drug TKM-Ebola from full clinical hold to partial hold.
"This action enables the potential use of TKM-Ebola in individuals infected with Ebola virus," said a company statement.
Tests on monkeys have shown the drug provided 100 per cent protection from an otherwise lethal dose of Ebola, the company said.
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