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what is Thalomid?
Aug 12, 2003

Dr. Young,

What is thalomid and when should we expect approval?

Thanks,

Juan Lee

Response from Dr. Young

Thalidomide is a drug which is FDA-approved, not for the treatment of HIV-related disease, but for another, unrelated disease, leprosy.

The medication has been studied in persons with HIV infection, primarily for severe aphthous ulcers (canker sores) and for wasting with encouraging initial results.

While it is unlikely that we'll see a change in the FDA-approved indications for the medication, HIV doctors can access thalidomide from the manufacturer after meeting certain criteria. BY



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