Drug Firm Caves, Helps Dying 7-Year-Old
Experimental drug could save his life
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2014 4:25 AM CDT
Josh Hardy, 7, has been battling cancer since he was nine months old.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – After a social media campaign—and an avalanche of bad publicity—a drug company has done a U-turn and agreed to give a dying 7-year-old boy an experimental drug that could save his life. The FDA allows "compassionate use"of unapproved drugs in such cases, but the Chimerix pharmaceutical company had insisted that giving the drug to Josh Hardy, who developed a bone marrow disorder after cancer treatment, would delay efforts to get it to market, CNN reports.

Chimerix president Kenneth Moch says Josh will be the first patient in a pilot trial for the drug. "Being unable to fulfill requests for compassionate use is excruciating, and not a decision any one of us ever wants to have to make," says Moch, who tells the Fredericksburg Lance-Star that he and his employees have received death threats amid a flood of pleas to help the Virginia boy. Josh is expected to receive the drug within 48 hours, though his mother fears he is running out of time. "Even though he is frail, he has a very strong will about him," she tells Fox News. "But things just keep stacking against him, and we just want to do everything we can to give him the opportunity to make a full recovery."

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Wendy Barnes
Mar 14, 2014 1:48 PM CDT
Another misleading headline. How about, "FDA makes deal with drug company for clinical trials to start early." The med was given that day or the next. Obama with his pen and phone could have done this when it first was brought out publicly. Can we please quit pretending that the drug companies, doctors, nurses, tech's, labs, etc., are independent actors? These industries are completely regulated by the fools we collectively have voted for. But it is easier to blame an evil company or evil rich person than to say, hey, I need to watch who I'm voting for, what industries support them and what regulations they push on the bureaucrats that actually write the rules they are supposedly responsible for. But watching the new episode of the Kardashians is easier And doesn't make my head hurt.
painfullyhonest
Mar 14, 2014 1:25 PM CDT
why not just take care of the 500 people that get insurance canceled because of expensive treatments, did you know it's only 500? think it would save taxpayers money if we just help these people- clinics. My town is only 12,000 and it has a great low income clinic for people - altho it's full of Somali refugees thanks to Pelosi passing Bush tax Cut bill the refugee resettlement program gives 10 billion to Catholic Church. when our guys ran to Canada to avoid going to war we called them deserters why are these people brought here to avoid their civil war and come here to avoid fighting for their country. I know off subject - but I got to get people's attention of this program because the refugees we have 1400 have been here for 5 years and now they will be able to bring the rest of the family ( all of them )
painfullyhonest
Mar 14, 2014 1:05 PM CDT
Finally, maybe people will realize the power "We the People" have. Too bad Obama doesn't get the truth told by the media. What did Nixon do to get impeached? This Pres. has done 10 times worse and we fail to get him removed from OUR White House - that we can't even see - no tours. Guess in the Nixon Days the people had morals. Follow George Soros' goals for America & you'll discover where we are headed, not pretty.