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Family begs drug company for medicine to save 7-year-old's life

Family Begs Drug Company for Medicine to Save 7-Year-Old's Life
Josh Hardy, 7, has beaten cancer four times in his short life, but after all that he's now struggling to get the medication he needs to stay alive.

'The drug he needs to survive a very curable virus is being denied because the manufacturer says it can't afford to give him the drug,' Fox & Friends reports.

Josh developed an infection called adenovirus while recovering from a bone marrow transplant. His mother Aimee Hardy wrote on his CaringBridge blog:

'Normally, Josh's immune system would be able to handle [the] adenovirus if his immune system was set free. The challenge is his immune system can't be set free yet because his body is still trying to adapt to the new bone marrow cells. So to keep the body from killing the new cells, they have to suppress the immune system, thus creating ideal conditions for adenovirus to advance. Catch 22.'

WTTG has more on the fight to get Josh the medication he needs from drug company Chimerix.

'Josh's doctor says there's a drug in the trial phase that could save his life, but the company won't provide it.'

'How would we say no to the dozens, hundreds and potentially thousands of other requests we'd get for this drug?'

Chimerix says it originally made the drug available for compassionate use. However, due to high demand, the company could not supply enough, so it had to stop releasing it two years ago. Chimerix says it's waiting for the FDA to approve the drug before selling it.

Josh's grandmother spoke to WRC-TV about her family's desperate attempt to save Josh.

'I just, I just plea with the drug company to release this drug to save Josh's life.'

The family has started a social media campaign with the hashtag #SaveJosh in hopes the attention will persuade Chimerix to release the drug.

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Janet & Edgar March 12 2014 at 9:28 AM

Have Your Say...He is getting it today.....the company will give Him first chance..TODAY!!!!

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aleighcat March 12 2014 at 8:25 AM

This is a child.....you find a way. It shouldn't even be a factor when it involves the mortality of children, IMO.

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falmouthvacurves March 12 2014 at 8:22 AM

The drug company worked out a deal with the FDA Tuesday. Josh is going to get the meds. Go to Fredericksburg.com for the news.

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Michelle March 12 2014 at 8:18 AM

The pharmacy companies hold us hostage. It's all about money. Obama should have regulated the drug companies when he regulated healthcare.

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airamrka Michelle March 12 2014 at 8:26 AM

Did you not read "waiting for the FDA to approve the drug before selling it?" Obama? How is that Obamacare working out for the country?

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pappy303 Michelle March 12 2014 at 8:28 AM


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Stacey March 12 2014 at 10:07 AM

They are releasing the drug. St. Jude posted this morning that he is getting the medicine.

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JHoff2nd Stacey March 12 2014 at 10:16 AM


I must have been typing my first reply as you were posting yours. Quite a considence, huh

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JHoff2nd March 12 2014 at 10:13 AM

I understand business-you just can't give it away!! I also understand compassion, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

Let's pray for Josh to recover and leave it up to God to decide if the drug is necessary. If God decides it is necessary He will make it available.

Blessings to Josh and his family.

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karen March 12 2014 at 8:06 AM

When is AOL going to block the stupid and UNTRUE commercials on these sites??!!

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pappy303 karen March 12 2014 at 8:30 AM


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Victorian Farms March 12 2014 at 10:13 AM

For Gods sake..... PLEASE. THANK YOU Chimerix! I have a feeling you did it out of corporate survival instead of compassion. But I still Thank You for giving this boy a chance........

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JHoff2nd March 12 2014 at 10:15 AM

I just scrolled down and see that Josh is getting the drug. Let's keep praying for his recovery. (I am done now, bye bye).

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Brian March 12 2014 at 8:03 AM

Seems there are two issues here. FDA approval or a drug company who can't afford to give it away. Which is true. If it is a cost factor, where is the Affortable Care Act, that promises to help all.

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karen Brian March 12 2014 at 8:12 AM

This is always a problem. In the 80's when AIDs was first discovered and drug companies were all rushing to develop an AIDs drug, they were besieged by AIDs patients begging for drugs that were in the first stages of development (some still being tested in animals, and some just making it into a small and select group of human beings). It was heartbreaking, but unethical to release a chemical for which so little was known. When drugs are being developed, small quantities are produced, just enough for testing…full scale manufacturing is not done until it's known the drug works, is safe and gets FDA approval. This is a sad situation, but occurs often. BTW…the drug the AIDs patients were begging for never made it beyond the first few human beings….it didn't work at all and the safety of the drug in humans was never established.

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