Drugmakers ramp up efforts to develop cure for Ebola virus

08/13/2014 | BioPharmaReporter.com

Several biopharmaceutical firms are working to develop antibody drugs for the Ebola virus as the death toll from the outbreak continues to increase. Tekmira Pharmaceuticals and Sarepta Therapeutics are developing RNAi-based therapies, while GlaxoSmithKline is working on a vaccine. But among all experimental drugs for Ebola, Mapp Biopharmaceutical's monoclonal antibody cocktail ZMapp appears to be the unapproved treatment of choice so far, and has already been used to treat infected patients. The vast majority of the experimental treatments, however, are unlikely to be ready for at least a year.

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