Skip to comments.Why Isn't There a Treatment or Vaccine for Ebola?
Posted on 08/02/2014 2:04:14 AM PDT by nickcarraway
And while Ebola is lethal, it's rare. Outbreaks are unpredictable, giving doctors few chances to test new treatments. While the current epidemic is the largest recorded, the number of people sickened by Ebola is small compared to the number killed by other diseases like malaria or dengue. Much of the funding for Ebola research is from governments that worry about the virus being used in a bioterror attack.
"It's not economically viable for any company to do this kind of research because they have stockholders to think about," said Ben Neuman, a virologist at the University of Reading in Britain.
There are about a half dozen Ebola drugs and vaccines in development, several of which have received funding from the U.S. One drug developed by the U.S. Army has shown promising results when tested in monkeys.
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theres treatment if they catch it early. last i read the mortality rate for this outbreak is 56%.
Nanoviricides has a cure in the research stage.
That’s still far higher then the Black Death of the Middle Ages, or the Spanish Influenza in 1918.
One reason we don’t see more rare diseases addressed is that the FDA and American laws to “protect” people makes all medical research prohibitively expensive. So, we only see research into areas where there is the possibility of huge profits. Vaccines in general only offer one opportunity for “treatment” and that is prevention. There isn’t a lot of money in prevention. Also adding to the cost is that various testing companies have lobbied and gotten their proprietary process included in the approval process by law. Now they can charge whatever they want as they have an exclusive path to approval. This is not some wild conspiracy theory this is simply a fact.
“And if we do eventually go to single payer, as the communists want, there will be no research at all.”
Which will no doubt leave China and Russia as the “world leaders” in medical innovation and health care technology. Thanks Barry, you are a true visionary.
As someone has already pointed out, research has already degenerated into pure profit motive. This is one thing Obamacare can’t hurt.
The good old days of Salk are long gone.
when did our noblesse and idealism begin to wane ... the 50’s ?
Ebola breaks out in a western country, and watch how fast they come up with a vaccine.
I am sure in the next few days MSNBC will have the answer to this question.
Since ebola is a disease that originated and is for the most part confined to sub Saharan Africa, there is only one answer;
Polio impacted thousands per year. There was a NEED for a vaccine.
Ebola has never been an issue in the US.
Why would there be a big push for a cure.?
Why isn’t there a cure for the common cold?
Perhaps when we turned our back on God & took Him out of the classroom.
“Why would there be a big push for a cure.?”
Absolutely right. There is no money to be made where most Ebola outbreaks occur, so no need for the pharma coumpanies to push for one.
> when did our noblesse and idealism begin to wane ... the 50s ?
I’d blame the hippies and anti-war scum of the 60s who are now all grown up and staying with their liberal beliefs.
But I never lambaste anyone for that view ... witness x42.
I knew, when I learned about him, he and his old lady were no good and probably SDS trsined.
1. Ebola does not occur frequently enough to make development of vaccines or antivirals cost effective for any company. This is why the few drug candidates that have been developed were developed with government funding.
2. It is impossible to efficacy test Ebola drugs in humans. They can be safety tested, but no one would volunteer for an efficacy study, which involves exposure to a quantity of virus sufficient to cause disease.
3. The FDA animal rule states that if an animal model for the disease exists and has been shown to be identical to the human disease, animal efficacy data can be submitted in lieu of human efficacy data for regulatory purposes. This sounds nice, but animal study results often differ from human study results. Plus, enough human data must exist to know that the animal data is a close enough proxy—and with Ebola being so rare, how do we collect that human data?
It’s not just that, many of the drugs developed have horrible side effects. That a few years after going to market they are given FDA warning labels. And there is the money factor. No money in developing a drug for a “orphan disease” that effects a few thousand a year. You also have ‘orphan’ diseases that are not contagious, Fibromyalgia, FMS, 30 yrs ago it was called a syndrome, or the patient needed a shrink. They treat the symptoms not the disease, the treatment mimics the disease.
Now they are pushing the crappy side effect riddled Lyrica or Gabapentin Lyrica anti-epileptic http://www.rxlist.com/lyrica-side-effects-drug-center.htm
Often used beside Lyrica.
Gabapentin Side Effects http://www.rxlist.com/neurontin-side-effects-drug-center.htm
NEW TO MARKET
FDA Warning Savella
Look at the Nexium commercial do you hear the words Bone Density causing drug or Barret’s Esophagus? Long term use of these acid blocking drugs are responsible for that. So before you reach for that new OTC drug be sure to check it out the side effects.
Take the current crop of OP drugs. Please NOTE, I have OP, have reacted to Fosamax. Refuse the rest because of the reaction and the FDA warnings. My doctor is limited to 1 bone density test per 2 yrs. I have opted to go the Holistic route with bone vitamin and mineral route, after all that is what your bones are made of, not some stinking side effect riddled FDA warning drug that causes Kidney Failure Deaths, A Fib, Jaw Degeneration, GI and Bone Pain, Reclast is the worst of these drugs, as 1 IV never leaves your system.
Reclast UPS kidney failure, A FIB risk.
Safety update for osteoporosis drugs, bisphosphonates, and atypical fractures
Black box warning Foreto
Like most useful medications, Forteo may have its possible downside. In animals, it promotes the development of osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. In humans, osteosarcoma has not been reported but it remains a concern with Forteo. (The daily injections are also a downside.)
These are patient discussion boards. Tons of complaints on the side effects of the drugs ruing their lives.
Mrs. Makwa’s OP death was horrible.