Ebola and ZMapp drugs
by kayla.poirier25 on February 16, 2015 - 2:02pm
In the article " Ebola drugs raise ethical dilemmas " CBS news, Denis Thompson addresses the issue of the deadly disease, Ebola, and it's treatment. This viral disease is said to have 90% fatality rate. However, a drug called ZMapp has been tested on monkey's who carried the disease and was been proven affective. Although, there is a dilemma in letting this untested drug availible for sick humans. There is a multiple of questions to be asked. There is is risks in taking this medication, the article says that two people actually decided to test the drugs after knowing it was their only hope. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol , according to the media, have been recovering. The drug, ZMapp is limitied, and takes several months to have the new supply , therefore, the debate has everyone thinking to whom the drug will go to first? And who will have to wait several months?
The principle I hold would be to give the medication to the sickest people affected by Ebola, also, to the people who dealt with the disease the longest. The reason being is that why would we waste several months watching people dying? During these several months while waiting for the new supply the ZMapp medication should be used to save sick people who are about to let go. The academic journal article "Revresion of advanced Ebola virus disease in non-human primates with ZMapp", International weekly journal of science, says that " ZMapp is able to rescue 100% of rhesus macaques when treatment is initiated up to five days post-challenged." Therefore, it taks up to five says for the illness to die out and energy to kick in, which, in my opinion, is not that bad. If we could save people who have the virus Ebola in five days with the ZMapp drug, why not go ahead and do it. A counterargument to the principle I hold could be what is there are a lot more people dying than the amount of medication why have during those several months? Who will be choosen to recieve the medication and why? Considering that people might disagree with my conclusion and ask these questions, I think that at the fatal point that we are, might as well go randomly, because ethically, nobody deserves to recieve the treatment more than somebody else. To conclude, the ethical dilemma concerning the ZMapp drug creates a huge debate since it can cause irritated and concerned people no matter the decision.
Thompson,D. (2014). "Ebola drugs raise ethical dilemmas" CBS News retreived from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ebola-drugs-raise-ethical-dilemmas/
Xiangguo,Q. (2014). "Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disaese in non-human primates with ZMAPP". International weekly journal of science. retreived from http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vnfv/ncurrent/full/nature13777.html