'Unprecedented' Ebola Drug Trials Set For West Africa
Doctors Without Borders announced Thursday instead of waiting for a confirmed Ebola cure, the organization plans to conduct three drug trials.By Cliff Judy | November 13, 2014
Doctors Without Borders isn't sitting around waiting for a confirmed Ebola cure. While pharmaceutical companies continue to look for the drug that'll stop the epidemic, the nonprofit medical organization has decided to make the unprecedented move of conducting drug trials in the middle of a humanitarian crisis. (Video via BBC)
Doctors Without Borders' announcement Thursday appeared to show the urgency of the epidemic by the nature of its plan. One of the three test sites hasn't even been chosen yet.
Three different research facilities will handle each test site. Two organizations — the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research and the University of Oxford — will test experimental antiviral medications. The Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine will test treatments using the blood of people who survived an Ebola virus infection.