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Little Solace for AIDS Victims on the Drug Front


Reuters (01/29/90)

London--Pharmaceutical industry analysts expect Burroughs-Wellcome, maker of AZT, to remain the focus of controversy over the drug's high price for the next few years. Although 55 drugs have been developed to treat AIDS in the nine years of the epidemic, AZT apprears to be the only effective antiviral. The next few drugs developed will probably be taken in conjunction with AZT in multi-drug regimens like those used for cancer patients, according to experts. AZT costs patients at least $3,400 per year, and drug-industry analysts say that AIDS sufferers can expect new drugs to be equally expensive because of development costs.


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