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Canadian Ebola drug trial stopped
A Canadian company that had been developing an Ebola drug says a clinical trial of the experimental product has been stopped.

Canadian Ebola drug trial stopped

No overall benefit shown from Tekmira's Ebola drug

Posted:Jun 19, 2015 10:01 AM ET

Last Updated:Jun 19, 2015 10:12 AM ET

A Canadian company that had been developing an Ebola drug says a clinical trial of the experimental product has been stopped.

Burnaby, B.C.-based Tekmira Pharmaceuticals says the trial was halted because it seemed clear that continuing was not likely to show that the drug works.

Ebola laboratory

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals says a clinical trial of its experimental product was halted because it seemed clear that continuing was not likely to show that the drug works. (Edward Echwalu/Reuters)

The drug is called TKM-Ebola. It was being tested with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Peter Horby, the chief investigator of the trial, says the drug has not been shown to benefit patients.

Horby says data from the trial still need to be analyzed.

Tekmira's experimental drug, TKM-Ebola, targets Ebola's genetic material. It is known as an RNA interference therapeutic.

Horby is with the University of Oxford, which was conducting the trial. The research was funded by Britain's Wellcome Trust charity.

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