The FDA has modified the full clinical hold on the drug to a partial status
The US FDA has modified the clinical status of the drug TKM-Ebola, manufactured by Canada-based Tekmira Pharmaceutical, the company has announced. This move will enable its potential use in humans infected with the virus. The drug was, previously, on a full clinical hold, which has now been changed to partial by the regulator.
"We are pleased that the FDA has considered the risk-reward of TKM-Ebola for infected patients," said Dr Mark Murray, Tekmira's chief executive officer. He added, "We have been closely watching the Ebola virus outbreak and its consequences, and we are willing to assist with any responsible use of TKM-Ebola."
The recent Ebola outbreak has killed nearly 1,000 people in West Africa.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said it would convene a meeting of medical ethics experts next week to consider the implications of making experimental Ebola drugs more widely available.