Variola virus infection causes smallpox, which is a highly contagious and often deadly disease that has plagued humans throughout history. Naturally occurring smallpox was eradicated by the early 1980s due to vaccination, and most Americans no longer received a smallpox vaccine after the early 1970s.
In this study, participants will receive an FDA-approved oral antiviral medication intended for the treatment of smallpox, or placebo. The goal of this study is to assess the tolerability of the medication when taken for a longer period than what is currently approved by the FDA.
No participants will be exposed to smallpox as part of this study — blood draws are taken to assess the medication’s effect.
- Must be a healthy adult between the ages of 18 and 80
- Will receive compensation for study-related time
- Do not need insurance to join this study
For more information, complete the form on this page. After you submit your information, a Meridian enrollment specialist will call you to talk about the study. There is no obligation to join — you can decide if the study is right for you.
You can also talk to a Meridian enrollment specialist about this study by calling (402) 934-7563.
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