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How AZT Changed History

April 17th, 2008 · No Comments ·

Introduction to AZT | The Chemistry of AZT| Side Effects| Pregnancy| An Anything But American Virus| Opposing Views| How AZT Changed History|

  • Nearly doubled the life expectancy for persons with AIDS
  • Can reduce maternal transmission of AIDS during pregnancy by 2/3
  • Too toxic for cancer in 1964 but worked 20 years later with antiviral therapy
  • March 1987 “The world of clinical research was turned upside down” (National
    Academy of Sciences) when the FDA approved AZT after phase one instead of the usual phase 3
  • $10,000 annually-one of the most expensive drugs in history


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