Fujifilm Holdings Corp said Tuesday that it expects its drug Avigan, used to treat influenza, to be highly effective in treating the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 5,000 people so far. The company, which was once one of the world’s largest manufacturers of photography film, entered the pharmaceuticals business by purchasing Toyama Chemical Co in 2008.
"So far, four Ebola patients have recovered after being treated with the drug," Shigetaka Komori, Fujifilm's chairman and CEO, said, in a news conference, according to Reuters, adding: "We believe that the drug will become highly effective to treat the disease."
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