The Drug Trials Controversy.

Controversial drug trials, trouble at the NIH, the Celia Farber article in Harper's, and reaction.

Drug trials for nevirapine, intended for pregnant women and tested in Uganda, had many problems, and apparent suppression of negative outcomes by U. S. health officials. A whistleblower, Dr. Fishbein, who brought some of the problems to light, was fired, but Congress forced his reinstatement, with scathing criticism of the NIH NIAID agency. The Celia Farber article in March Harper's expands on the issue, and details the moving story of a healthy mother-to-be recruited into a related drug trial, and her fate. The article caused a storm of reaction from the AIDS establishment.

How the story has developed....

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