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BREAKING: Company is Giving 7-Year-Old Boy Lifesaving Drug

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A Fredericksburg boy is fighting for his life and his family says he could be healed with an experimental drug not yet on the market. A Fredericksburg boy is fighting for his life and his family says he could be healed with an experimental drug not yet on the market.
UPDATE: Chimerix says it has reached an agreement with the FDA for immediate initiation of a pilot trial for the drug Josh Hardy needs The study is expected to begin with Josh on March 12.

Aimee Hardy wrote the following on her Facebook page:
Glory to GOD! They are releasing the drug for Josh!!!!!!!!!


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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WRIC)A Fredericksburg boy is fighting for his life and his family says he could be healed with an experimental drug not yet on the market.

Josh Hardy, 7, has been at St. Jude's Children Research Center in Memphis, Tenn. for months.
     
Aimee Hardy's son has battled cancer four times, and his most recent fight required a bone marrow transplant.  After the transplant, he developed a virus that's left him unable to get better.

"He's at a physical standstill and has been for a number of weeks," Hardy said. "His heart and kidneys were failing, so we had to go to the ICU Jan. 14 and we've been there ever since."

The Hardy family has been waiting for a drug called brincidofovir.  It hasn't been approved by the FDA, but Josh's family says his doctors requested a compassionate dose from the manufacturer anyway.

"They did clinical trials here on other patients, and our doctor said when he used it on patients within two weeks the adnovirus was under control," Hardy said.

Chimerix, the company that makes the drug, has refused to provide it to Josh.

In a statement, CEO Kenneth Moch told ABC 8News that Chimerix stopped providing drugs for compassionate care two years ago, so all resources can go toward getting the medicine ready for the market.

"This is one of hundreds of requests that Chimerix has received for the compassionate use of brincidofovir," Moch said. "Making an experimental drug available outside of controlled clinical trials has the potential to slow or derail the approval of that drug."
     
Josh's family says this is a matter of life or death and they don't buy what Chimerix is saying.

"They can give all the excuses they want of why they won't give us the drug, but none of them make any sense to us," Hardy said.

As Josh fights, his Fredericksburg community prays. On Sunday night a special service was held for Josh at Fair View Baptist Church.

"We prayed for Josh, we prayed for his family, of course we prayed that God's will be done, but we also prayed for the company, because I know they're facing issues that we probably don't understand," said Pastor Bob Sizemore.

Josh's family is also praying for a break and believes it's only one drug away.

"The company has an opportunity to be a modern day superheroa real superman to this child," Hardy said. "We're not gonna give up. We need it. He absolutely, positively needs it."

The manufacturer hopes to have the drug on the market by 2016, but that will be too late for Josh.

Meanwhile, his story is going viral on social media and people all over the world are talking about the issue, using the hashtag #SAVEJOSH. A Facebook page has also been set up for Josh.


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