- Philadelphia Protests: National Support Needed
As we go to press over 250 protesters have been in jail for a week -- some for making puppets to use in political protests. Peoples' health is in danger from denial of medication and jail mistreatment. Two activists for affordable medications in Africa were being held on bail up to a million dollars -- probably the highest bail in history for nonviolent protest. News links, analysis, how you can help.
- Marijuana Safety Study Completed: Weight Gain, No Safety Problems
No safety problems specific to HIV or protease inhibitors were found in a study in which volunteers stayed in a research hospital 24 hours a day and were randomly assigned to either smoke marijuana, take oral THC, or take an oral placebo. Marijuana and THC use was associated with weight gain.
- Other Medical Marijuana News
Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative wins legal victory; Federal government appeals against medical necessity defense; drug-reform Web site gets more users than leading "prohibitionist" sites together; "Reefer Mindless," September Penthouse major article; Shadow Conventions in Philadelphia, Los Angeles.
- Medicine Recycling to Latin America: Interview with Jesùs Agüais, AID for AIDS in New York
A co-founder of an important medicine recycling program explains how it works -- and why it is important for many more people than the 250 now being served.
- Ziagen(R) (Abacavir): New Warning on Restarting
It has long been known that this drug must never be restarted after it has been discontinued because of a hypersensitivity reaction. Now the manufacturer, Glaxo Wellcome, has warned physicians that serious complications have developed in some cases where the drug had been discontinued for other reasons, but where a hypersensitivity reaction may have occurred without being recognized. The letter, reproduced below, outlines precautions for physicians. Patients who have missed more than one or two doses should always check with their physician before restarting this drug.
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