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American Agenda (Medicine: AIDS Drug AZT) #131480

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 03, 1991
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Second AZT report introduced.

(Research Triangle, North Carolina: George Strait) Monopoly on American sale of AIDS drug AZT by one company, Burroughs Wellcome, investigated. [Toronto drug company owner Luciano COLLETTI - cites cost of AZT being produced here.] [Burroughs Wellcome Company Dr. David BARRY - defends company's price for AZT.] [Schein Pharmaceutical, Incorporated, Bill HADDAD - says Burroughs should open its books.] [Representative Ted WEISS - challenges Burroughs' expenditure figures.] Government role in development of AZT recalled; details given of discrepancies between figures from Burroughs and government on company's research and development costs. [Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals David JONES - says prescription drug costs are tied to what market can bear.] Challenges to Burroughs's monopoly from Canadian drug companies Apotex, Incorporated, and Novopharm, Limited, detailed. [People with AIDS health group Derek HODEL - says government has realized in hindsight that it should have protected AZT.] Position of National Insts. of Health noted.

Sawyer, Diane;
Strait, George

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