Chronicle

After an uproar, price of AIDS drug falls in Africa

A drug discovered in a Yale laboratory made headlines this spring in the ongoing debate about the provision of AIDS medications in the Third World. The physicians’ group Doctors Without Borders called on the University, which holds the patent for d4T, and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), which has a license to market it, to allow cheaper or generic versions to be sold in Africa. At a cost of between $10,000 and $15,000 a year, antiretroviral therapy is out of the reach of most of the 25 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who have AIDS and the 3.8 million who are infected with HIV.

BMS said in mid-March, after discussions with the University, that it would make its two AIDS drugs, d4T and ddI, available throughout Africa for $1 per day and allow generic versions to be sold as well.

The issue surfaced when an Indian pharmaceutical company, Cipla, made an offer to provide triple-therapy AIDS...

Read more...

No time to lose

Last year, a committee of 16 scientists and academics began evaluating the nation’s efforts to prevent the spread of AIDS and HIV. What it found was unsettling: a lack of coordination among federal agencies, funding of interventions that showed no evidence of success, reliance on political rather than scientific criteria for funding and, perhaps most startling, no clear goal for prevention.“Despite the fact that we...

Read more...

Pioneer in tobacco research receives first Winslow Medal

Last fall when the World Health Organization began negotiating a new global treaty aimed at curbing tobacco use,...

Read more...

Managing complex data about the brain

In recent years, the state of knowledge about the human brain—whether at the level of molecules, cells, or entire...

Read more...

To those who gave their bodies to medicine, a gesture of gratitude

As they begin to study medicine, students who aspire to be physicians or physician associates meet their first...

Read more...


"Topping off" the Congress Avenue Building

“It’s one thing as a parent to watch your own children grow,” Dean David Kessler told the crowd gathered outside the...

Read more...


 
Download on the Apple App Store