A fatally ill 7-year-old boy has bravely survived four bouts of cancer, but now a viral infection has left him on his death bed. There is only one antiviral drug that could potentially save his life, but the drug’s manufacturer has refused to give it to him because it has not been approved by the FDA.
Aimee & Todd Hardy are lashing out at drug manufacturer Chimerix for denying their son, Josh Hardy, the only drug that could save his life.
Drug Company Denies Drug For 7-Year-Old
Josh Hardy, 7, has been through it all — four bouts of kidney cancer, heart failure, and even a bone marrow transplant in January 2014. Now, a viral infection has invaded his tiny body and left him fighting for his life again.
In an attempt at saving Josh’s life, doctors at St. Jude’s Children Hospital have suggested he start taking the antiviral drug Brincidofovir immediately. The drug, made by the company Chimerix, has not yet been approved by the FDA, but has been proven to clear up adenovirus in children within just two weeks.
However, Chimerix has denied the Hardy family’s request for Josh to receive the drug claiming that it would be too expensive and would slow down their quest for FDA approval. According to the company’s president Kenneth Moch, allowing Josh the drugs he needs would set the company back by $50,000.
Hardy Family Starts Online Campaign For Josh
Aimee and Todd refuse to let their little boy lose his life because of Chimerix’s denial, and instead have started an online campaign hoping to change the company’s mind. #SaveJosh now has over 19,000 likes on Facebook and has garnered the attention of multiple high-profile media outlets. Friends, family, and strangers who support the Hardy family’s quest to save Josh’s life have been calling, emailing, and faxing Chimerix executives constantly in an attempt to get results.
“Our son will die without this drug,” Todd told CNN during an interview. “We’re begging them [Chimerix] to give it to us.”
Here’s to hoping Chimerix makes the right decision and help’s save Josh’s life.
Hey HollyMoms — If you would like to help Josh be sure to follow his official Facebook page for updates.
— Lauren Cox