Web of Cries
by Walter Armstrong and Ronnilyn Pustil
The Age of Protease is anything but democratic. In fact, the new drugs fail as many as a third of the people who try them. But don’t mourn—organize! And click to www.net-com.com/~protease.
The Protease Inhibitor Response Project (PIRP) website welcomes anyone with a personal protease protest. Treatment wonk Rick Loftus set up PIRP with his identical twin, Kael, a Web techie. “As a scientist, I want to study these failures,” he said. “As an advocate, I want to help.” Loftus also plans to launch an online chat room to gather stories of side effects and resistance. “For a lot of people, it’s a huge relief to know they’re not alone,” he said.