Ebola Reporting
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 01:06 PM

Remembering that the favorite mantra of our medical cousins is "its not the money its the public safety",  here is reporting on the mercenary motives of many of our medical cousins.  "What was your reaction when you first realized that Ebola was killing thousands of people in Africa and would probably come ashore in America at some point? ... For some, it appears to have been,'How can I make money out of this?'"

"Numerous firms have begun marketing products to U.S. customers with Ebola-themed pitches. Last month, the FDA sent warning letters to three companies peddling a variety of products advertised as preventing or treating the disease -- one of them a chocolate bar."

Here's some more:  "a pitch from a public relations rep for Ruthigen, which has an investigational antibacterial agent in early-stage clinical development, suggesting it could have application in Ebola, a viral infection ("to reduce the chances of complications")."

"Hemispherx Biopharma -- the company that has spent 40 years trying to gain marketing approval for the DNA-based drug Ampligen, thus far unsuccessfully -- wasted no time in promoting the potential of another of its assets, multispecies interferon-alpha (Alferon), as an Ebola treatment. (Alferon is currently approved for treating recurrent genital warts.) Previously, the company had suggested that Ampligen was effective against Ebola but is no longer making such claims."

"Tru-D, a manufacturer of ultraviolet radiation devices for room disinfection."

"Drucker Diagnostics, maker of a tabletop hematology analyzer, sent MedPage Today an announcement asserting that that firm "wages war in the fight against Ebola." Its device provides complete blood counts in 7 minutes, although the CDC's guidance on Ebola diagnosis does not include that as a meaningful test."

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/Ebola/48040

Despite the facts which demonstrate otherwise, the medical community is still insisting "American healthcare workers can safely treat patients with Ebola."  

"We had no healthcare worker exposures, we certainly had no healthcare workers acquiring infection. 'This is a virus which is well controlled with standard infection control measures that every hospital in the U.S. is capable of providing'" the medical director of Atlanta's Emory University Hospital reported early in October.  He may have spoken too soon now that other cases are under treatment and many are in quarantine. 

Early in October the Ebola patients treated at Emory were "all infected in West Africa, have been treated in Emory's patient biocontainment unit, which is designed to allow for care for people with any known or anticipated communicable disease.  That level of isolation isn't needed to treat Ebola patients, Ribner said, because the virus isn't transmitted through the air. 'Patients with Ebola virus disease require droplet and contact precautions,' he told reporters 'no different from many other pathogens that we as healthcare workers deal with on almost a daily basis.'"  

"Luckily, although there is no vaccine or specific treatment, the spread of Ebola "can be interrupted by basic measures -- infection control measures, isolation, public health contact tracing, and so on."

Other interesting statements include:  "CDC recommendations suggest that lab tests for Ebola patients can be carried out safely using standard precautions, a spill would mean having to shut down the main lab for decontamination."  

"Outside the hospital ... they ran into difficulty shipping samples across town to the CDC. Such samples would be classed as Category A -- labelled as Ebola and packaged inside a rigid box with two watertight containers inside -- but even shippers certified to handle Category A specimens refused.  

"The CDC says wastes can be put in leak-proof containers and discarded as regulated medical waste, Emory's contractors refused to take it unless it was certified free of Ebola."  

"The CDC also says sanitary sewers can be used for safe disposal of fluids from patients, but the local watershed authority threatened to cut the hospital's service if that method was used. Instead the hospital disinfected patients' liquid wastes with bleach or quaternary disinfecting detergents for at least 5 minutes before flushing." 

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/IDWeek/48014