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Advocates Call for Increased Investment to End the AIDS Epidemic

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US tax payers developed AZT as an anti-cancer drug. But, it was too toxic. The NCI found that it was active against HIV. Burroughs Wellcome was given the drug. 4 companies would own the patent. US tax payers funded most of its clinical trials through the NIAID. It has been estimated to have generated between $20B and $40B in profits. The world's largest HIV clinical trials organization (ACTG) is funded at $300M per year. The profits from AZT could have funded the ACTG for 100 years.

April 2, 2018


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