Skip to comments.#SaveJosh: Virginia boy's family pleads for drug to save his life
Posted on 03/10/2014 9:57:43 PM PDT by GailA
imee Hardy says her son is in agony. He has battled cancer on and off, and now he's in jeopardy again due to complications from a bone marrow transplant. Doctors believe Brincidofovir could save his life, but the maker of the drug won't provide it.
Chimerix is the company that makes Brincidofovir. They're facing a major ethical dilemma because they say there are hundreds if not thousands of people who need it, but if they give it to patients like Josh, it will slow down their efforts to make it widely available. They hope that will happen in 2016 if it passes all its clinical trials.
"If we were to make it available for this young boy, and I would very much like to as a human being, how would we say no to the dozens, hundredspotentially thousands of other requests that we get for this drug?" said Kenneth Moch, president and CEO of Chimerix.
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Their only issue is PROFIT!
Should read 7 year old, typo.
Tough dilemma. Small company. They need the drug for clinical trials so many more thousands can get the drug by 2016. Do they give it to this cute boy and then deny it to the next 100 cute boys we hear about next week, and jeopardize the trials process? This is heartbreaking, and in no small part thanks to the FDA red tape.
So the drug has not been approved by the FDA.
Yet the company is being blamed?
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (myFOXDC WTTG) -
A northern Virginia boy’s family is desperately pleading with the maker of a new antiviral drug to save his life. The drug, Brincidofovir, is still in the trial phase, and the company that makes it says if they help little Josh Hardy now, it will hamper their efforts to get it approved.
Josh, who is just 7, is currently being cared for at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis. His family is by his bedside, and his mom, Aimee Hardy, has been using social media to share their story with the world in hopes it will help save his life.
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Appeal to Chimerix Inc to release a compassionate use dose of Brincidofovir to Josh Hardy to save his life.
When Josh Hardy was 9 months old, he was diagnosed with a malignant rhabdoid tumor of the kidneys. Its a highly aggressive, rare form of cancer that only 15 children are diagnosed with each year. After receiving a bone marrow transplant he developed an adenovirus, an acute infection that has left Josh in the intensive care unit at St. Jude. The virus can be deadly for people, like Josh, who have a weak immune system. Chimerix Inc holds the medicine but is in phase three of clinical development. With the help of the FDA hopefully he can get the dose that may very well save his life.
I am wondering why the doctors would be recommending a drug that hasn’t been approved yet? They should know better than that.
Because it is a Hail Mary issue. It may or may not work. But why deny a dying child a chance. Put yourselves in his parents position.
I lost a child to Cytomagalic Inclusion Disease virus because there where nor cures for it. He lived 33 days. I’ve walked the mile in these parents shoes. And parents who love their children will go to any length to save them. Who know the drug manufacture may be throwing a chance of a trial on 1 child away.
There are now Federals laws allowing for a compassionate use in cases like this. I know as a parent I’d risk it. The worse thing in the world is to sit helplessly by and watch your child die before your eyes. Except to have one Murdered.
So you are agreeing to pay for the drug yourself? Will you buy it for everyone who wants it?
What about all the other people who could benefit from this drug if they had it right now?
And because St Jude’s is a cancer research hospital and they know all about the trials.
Could it be that they are smarter than the Regime?
I’m with the drug company on this.
Profit isn’t their only motive but, is their sole reason for existence.
Risk is also a factor and while they might have an easier time getting approved in other countries, they cannot legitimately deliver a drug outside our regulatory process.
For instance, there is a drug that been in use for years in Europe to combat Hep-C.
My friend had exhausted all remedies available in the U.S. With no relief.
We waited and prayed for approval here in the U.S.
Praise the Lord we think she may finally be rid of a disease that could have taken her from us far too young.
Simeprevir was approved for use in November 2013 and God willing her condition will be undetectable in two more months.
To be sure, it’s super expensive. Her insurance and the company she works for are taking excellent care of her.
They accommodate her if she is not well. They make sure she is well cared for when she takes treatment on Fridays.
If she is not well enough to make it work, someone goes out of their way and will pick her up. They then let her work best she can and bring her water all day long and accompany her to the restroom so she is always with someone.
We are grateful to God for such a generous people.
She never gives up and never gives in.
I think her company has accommodated her so much and her colleagues as well.
But, the company providing the drug wouldn’t be able to do so if there were no profit.
Of course, profit enables them to help many thousands more in the US and Europe, as well all they give away to African nations.
They’re evil yuh know.
The “Regime?” OK, Alex Jones. lol
I see where your pain comes from.
So sorry you lost your baby.
Why not put the boy in the trial process?
FDA red tape be damn, a child life is a risk, and the parents are willing to take it.
If you look at how many BAD drugs are on the market you’d wonder why the FDA even existed. I have extreme drug INDUCED OP thanks to a drug I’ve been on since 1985 and never told it caused OP, or the need to take large dosages Calcium and D when I was put on Synthroid. And it it is a must have hormone drug.
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“Their only issue is PROFIT!”
There is no other reason to be in business!
Charity is for fools and those that want to go bankrupt!
We are not looking at thousands, hundreds maybe.
You forgot the paid for congress both parties are at fault.