Friday, August 8, 2014

Pharma pushers want to conduct Ebola medical experiments on entire population of West Africa

Thursday, August 07, 2014 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer


(NaturalNews) As the death toll from this latest Ebola outbreak edges closer to 1,000, a group of "experts" has come forward with calls to start administering experimental medicines to West Africans. The Los Angeles Times reports that Peter Piot, who is credited with co-discovering the Ebola virus back in the 1970s, along with several others is urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to allow mass medical experimentation with drugs and vaccines that have never been safety tested.

Along with David L. Heymann from the Chatham House Center on Global Health Security and Professor Jeremy Farrar from the Wellcome Trust, Piot is playing the crisis card in an attempt to bypass the normal assessment and approval process for experimental drugs. If he and the others get their way, every West African will eventually have access to drugs and vaccines that have never undergone any testing for safety or efficacy.

"This epidemic is now so extensive that we can expect it to last for some months yet," wrote the trio in a statement. "That means the West must fast-track safety testing of drugs and vaccines in unaffected countries, so that those which perform well could go into fuller trials in the affected region before the outbreak ends."

Drug companies using Ebola outbreak to push vaccines

An experimental drug known as ZMapp, manufactured by the San Diego-based drug company Mapp Pharmaceuticals, has already been given to two Americans who recently returned from Liberia infected with Ebola. Meanwhile, dozens of African doctors and healthcare specialists have perished without the drug due to stricter regulations on the use of untested medicines.

Some claim this "double standard" is unfair, however, and are calling on WHO to alter its guidelines to allow this drug and others to be given without proper human testing. Since the situation is a crisis, they claim -- panic is the obvious driving factor behind rushing drugs to market as quickly as possible -- drug companies should apparently be allowed to peddle their untested wares on a desperate public.

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