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Charity offers to pay for 7-year-old's lifesaving treatment; drug maker still refuses
Fox ^ | 3/11/14

Posted on 03/11/2014 5:22:52 PM PDT by workerbee

A pediatric cancer charity is offering to pay for 7-year-old cancer survivor Josh Hardy to receive lifesaving medication that could cure him of a potentially deadly virus.

But Chimerix, the pharmaceutical company that produces the medication, is still refusing to give Josh the treatment he so desperately needs. In fact, a representative for the charity said he tried speaking with Chimerix CEO Kenneth Moch about Josh's case - but Moch hung up on him.

**SNIP**

Josh’s mother, Aimee Hardy, has appealed to Moch to grant Josh emergency access to the medication, but the company is refusing to make an exception. According to Fox News’ Peter Johnson Jr., Chimerix has given hundreds of patients emergency access to Brincidofovir in the past, but Moch said the company has since stopped this practice because “they cannot afford it.”

**SNIP**

“I spoke to Mr. Moch yesterday by phone. I told him that we had the $50,000 that I thought he was claiming he needed to supply the drug,” Richard Plotkin, vice chair of the Max Cure Foundation, told Johnson Jr. on Fox and Friends. “He then told me it isn’t about money. He told me it’s all about ethics. I said, ‘Fine, tell me why you will not give [it to] this little boy.’ If he does not get the drug, he will die this week, I’m told. He said he cannot make an exception.”

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cancer; chimerix; drugs; medicine

1 posted on 03/11/2014 5:22:52 PM PDT by workerbee
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To: workerbee

Lay this on the foot dragging by the FDA.


2 posted on 03/11/2014 5:28:19 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: workerbee


If he was black, we'd have his back."



3 posted on 03/11/2014 5:32:15 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: workerbee

Not, the pharma should not do it. If done, where do you draw the line? The “victims” will create a line miles long.


4 posted on 03/11/2014 5:34:10 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: workerbee

And this big pharma company doesn’t even have to consider or worry that it might be boycotted. When a person is handed a prescription and takes it to be filled, they have no idea what company makes the drug they’re getting. Pretty good racket. They can afford to be heartless!


5 posted on 03/11/2014 5:36:08 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: workerbee

If the boy dies anyway the pharma company will probably be sued for millions. Its bad enough that drugs that are approved by the FDA still open up the companies to massive class action suits.

No wonder some drugs cost more than a car payment - there is no telling when a company might be sued.

I’m sorry the child is ill, but this isn’t the fault of the company that makes the drug - it is the fault of our legal system, the FDA, class action troll lawyers, and never ending liability.

I agree with the CEO - he probably should not have agreed to the interview in the first place. His responsibility is to improve his company and exposing them to lawsuits, or violations of FDA regulations is the right thing to do.


6 posted on 03/11/2014 5:38:26 PM PDT by msrngtp2002 (Just my opinion.)
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To: workerbee

WHoops! Exposing them to liability is NOT the right thing to do.


7 posted on 03/11/2014 5:39:55 PM PDT by msrngtp2002 (Just my opinion.)
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To: workerbee

The drug company will be paid, why won’t the drug be supplied?


8 posted on 03/11/2014 5:41:11 PM PDT by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: msrngtp2002; SgtHooper
Even if the charity has the money he (Moch) said it would cost?

I think we can all agree these are difficult dilemmas. ObeyMeCare (and whatever socialized scheme takes its place) will only bring us more of them.

9 posted on 03/11/2014 5:47:08 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: workerbee
It makes me sick to my stomach to read about how the family of this poor child are having to beg this selfish, heartless, POS to do the right thing and help their son.

A charity is willing to pay for the drug, so what the hell is his problem?!

10 posted on 03/11/2014 5:55:22 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: workerbee

Ok, so now the drug is made available to not only those that can pay, but in an extended hypo, the highest bidder.

If something goes wrong, the lawyers will line up to sue (they will be circling anyway, in this scenario). With all the frivolous litigation in this country, it is a no brainer to not even provide one miniscule avenue of being sued, especially a big “mean, power hungry, rich, big company”. The jury would hang em. It’s a bad situation, but I agree with the CEO.


11 posted on 03/11/2014 6:01:07 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: workerbee

Actually this is a small start up company. They are trying to get through clinical trials to get their drug on the market. If they give the drug to this kid and he dies anyway (which is unfortunately likely) the drug company will have to stop its clinical trials and prove to the FDA the drug did not kill him. This could take many months and be very expensive. Possibly preventing the company from ever getting its product on the market.

The problem is not the bad drug company but the FDA regs...


12 posted on 03/11/2014 6:01:35 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: SgtHooper

And if it were your child?


13 posted on 03/11/2014 6:03:59 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SgtHooper

(playing devil’s advocate)...

Don’t you think those lawyers are lining up to sue this company anyway? Some sort of “they should’ve known”? How can ANY company protect against “one miniscule avenue of being sued”?


14 posted on 03/11/2014 6:05:55 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: montanajoe

But apparently Moch already claimed it was a money issue. If it’s not the money but the regs, doesn’t he have a moral obligation to say that publicly?


15 posted on 03/11/2014 6:08:05 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: SgtHooper

They did it for HIV drugs,AZT et al.Oops! So sorry,that was for the Democrats sacred cows.


16 posted on 03/11/2014 6:10:58 PM PDT by managusta (The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.)
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To: montanajoe
eWll said. It mystifies me that people will belabor and demonize the very corporations that they might have to depend on to develop medicines that could save their lives. It is the entitlement mentality on conservative steroids, and a disgrace. This corp owes nothing to nobody, and the risk is tremendous. If you want this kid to get this medicine, go convince the governmental and legal scum who are the real perps here.
17 posted on 03/11/2014 6:11:00 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: workerbee

IMO, Moch isn’t sure the drug works and doesn’t want to take any chances of public exposure.


18 posted on 03/11/2014 6:13:54 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: workerbee

Just posted on Fox:

UPDATE: After intense public scrutiny, pharmaceutical company Chimerix will provide potentially life-saving medication for 7-year-old Josh Hardy, who has been suffering from a bone marrow disorder as a result of cancer treatments.


19 posted on 03/11/2014 6:19:44 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: workerbee
I suspect there is something very insidious going on here. In fact I would not be surprised if Sibelius herself is threatening the company to not give this child the medicine, and cutting through the mess, because she *wants* the child to die.

It's hard to think of in human terms, how someone could be so evil; but she has Stalin's excuse: "You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs." In this case, to her, Obamacare is the omelet, and children must die for it to be made.

And she does not care how many millions of children die, or how horribly, for the eventual goal of Obamacare.

Almost needless to say, Stalin proved that you could break millions of eggs and still not make an omelet. But he didn't care, either.


20 posted on 03/11/2014 6:19:51 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: workerbee

I don’t know why the FDA and the Drug companies in these situations cannot execute a secure hold harmless agreement, to protect the drug companies when all everyone is doing is trying to provide some POSSIBLE help, that may or may not work, in these rare illness cases. As long as patients and/or their legal reps sign, the FDA should support it and it should not interfere in ongoing trials.


21 posted on 03/11/2014 6:41:08 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: montanajoe

Exactly. I spent 14 years in the industry first on generics and then on contract work. This would invalidate any clinical trial they are attempting to execute under current FDA guidelines. It costs billions of dollars to bring a single drug to market (successful or not. Any positive or negative response to the prescribing could have devastating consequences for this small, start up. They would in fact have to spend millions more to prove/dis-prove the drug worked or if the child unfortunately didn’t make it that the drug did in fact not kill him or contribute to it. Not to mention the potential civil suit. I feel for this family but it not simply a matter of giving the child the drug.


22 posted on 03/11/2014 6:49:44 PM PDT by nurees (Oh...there is a NEW Mexico (Homer Simpson))
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To: ilovesarah2012

Read and re-read Post 12 until you understand this no-win situation. We can feel sad for the little Boy, but feelings will not help here.

A humane FDA would rule a waiver. Too bad that elections have many and hard consequences.

The ultimate answer is medical tort reform, like Texas passed, which works.


23 posted on 03/11/2014 7:04:48 PM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: SgtHooper
Not, the pharma should not do it. If done, where do you draw the line? The “victims” will create a line miles long.
Correct. If you make an exception for one, you have to make an exception for everyone - or face the venom of people you don't make an exception for. Better to follow the rules and make no exceptions.
24 posted on 03/11/2014 7:21:04 PM PDT by GAFreedom (Freedom rings in GA!)
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To: nurees

According to Fox News’ Peter Johnson Jr., Chimerix has given hundreds of patients emergency access to Brincidofovir in the past, but Moch said the company has since stopped this practice because “they cannot afford it.”
Evidently they gave the drug away before in spite of the dire possibilities.


25 posted on 03/11/2014 7:21:06 PM PDT by Johnx22x
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To: nurees

According to Fox News’ Peter Johnson Jr., Chimerix has given hundreds of patients emergency access to Brincidofovir in the past, but Moch said the company has since stopped this practice because “they cannot afford it.”


26 posted on 03/11/2014 7:21:06 PM PDT by Johnx22x
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To: Johnx22x

The drug is currently in Phase 3 trials and has been tested on 150 pediatric patients. I can’t speak to their “giving away” product that has not yet been approved unless they did something in Phase 2. The drug looks promising but the data that will go to the FDA for submission isn’t expected until 2015. If the FDA accelerates the application it may take 12 to 18 months for approval after that submission. So, the drug is not approved and their attorney best have one hell of a legal agreement absolving the company of any liability if this child should not make it.


27 posted on 03/11/2014 7:36:45 PM PDT by nurees (Oh...there is a NEW Mexico (Homer Simpson))
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To: ilovesarah2012

The same old senseless response. No change.


28 posted on 03/11/2014 7:39:42 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: workerbee

You may be correct! But they have less grounds for suing a company who is not one iota involved.


29 posted on 03/11/2014 7:42:18 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Wuli

Agreed. Give them pure, unadulterated, immunity from prosecution in these situations.


30 posted on 03/11/2014 7:45:50 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: msrngtp2002

Where did you come from? Big Pharma is totally evil. Why are you supporting them? They use their underlings at FDA to effectively block natural alternatives that work...and that work better than anything they have in their quiver. There cancer drugs are mostly deadly. They kill thousands every year with their patent drugs. I hope you are hooked though on all the stuff they put out for doctors to prescribe.


31 posted on 03/11/2014 7:47:02 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: X-spurt

Young cancer survivor will get experimental treatment

A 7-year-old boy who has beaten cancer four times but whose weakened immune system is being threatened by a rare virus will start receiving an experimental treatment within 48 hours after the drug’s manufacturer reached an agreement with federal officials for a pilot trial to begin immediately.

The boy, Josh Hardy, will be the first patient to be enrolled Wednesday in the new study of the drug, brincidofovir, the Durham, N.C.-based company, Chimerix, announced late Tuesday.

Earlier the company had said it could not release the drug to Josh outside of clinical trials. The boy’s family had been pleading with the company to change its mind.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/drug-company-will-make-experimental-treatment-available-to-young-cancer-survivor/


32 posted on 03/12/2014 3:29:02 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Nice news. Thanks.

There is still good, even with our self absorbed Africanized gubmit. The FDA approver will probably get terminated.


33 posted on 03/12/2014 6:45:59 AM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

I suppose you believe that every large corporation is “totally evil” so there probably is no point in debating with you what I wrote.

Your statement that you hope I am hooked on all the stuff they put out paints a true picture of you as a person who is incapable of engaging in reasonable debate. Instead you lower yourself to name calling and wishes of harm to others - just like most liberals do!


34 posted on 03/31/2014 11:33:33 AM PDT by msrngtp2002 (Just my opinion.)
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To: msrngtp2002

You have mischaractized my comments to you. I know that the corporations that make up the patent medicine industry are evil. The FDA supports them. The FDA is in the business of protecting Big Pharma, not in protecting you or me.

These corporations that make prescription drugs are allowed to go on making and selling them even after they start killing people. And yes, many patent medicines kill people and the FDA does nothing. I would hope you do not support this, and the obscene profits on these ‘medications’.

And no, big corporations are not generally evil. Drug companies are evil. And that opinion is shared by many who have worked for them, and many doctors.

If you are on any prescription medications, read the side effects on each one. Do thorough searchs on each one. Look at info other than what the drug manufacturer has to say. You might not want to take their wares.

Chemo & radiation kill patients. Lipitor and other statins kill people. Tylenol, Acetaminophen damages livers to the point of the patient needing a transplant, and this happens many times. The acetaminophen’s are still allowed to be sold. The FDA recently issued a ‘warning’ but it has no teeth.


35 posted on 03/31/2014 1:46:05 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

IN PLACE OF NATIONS

http://www.nancho.net/newchau/bigpharm.html


36 posted on 03/31/2014 1:50:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Thank you...informative!


37 posted on 03/31/2014 6:37:36 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: workerbee

I thought businesses couldn’t deny service ?


38 posted on 03/31/2014 6:39:51 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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