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Fredericksburg boy to receive potentially life saving drug

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FREDERICKSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

A Fredericksburg family that has been fighting for the release of a drug that has the potential to save their son's life found out tonight that drug would be made available immediately.

The family of Josh Hardy, a young man suffering from cancer, has been fighting for the release of brincidofovir, a drug that should help the 7-year-old recover from adenovirus. Josh came down with the virus after a recent bone marrow transplant.

He is currently being treated at St. Jude's Medical Center in Memphis. The family has been lobbying Chimerix to release the drug which is currently being studied in preparation for a full release.

Tonight on the family's facebook page they announced that Chimerix had received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to release the drug to Josh as part of a pilot trial of open-label brincidofovir for the treatment of adenovirus infections in immunocompromised patients.

We will have more on the announcement tonight on NBC12 News at 11.

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