Antiretroviral Drug Researchers, AIDS Advocates to Meet to Discuss Concerns Over Viread Trials in Developing Countries
May 18, 2005
Antiretroviral drug researchers, study sponsors and AIDS advocates on Thursday are scheduled to attend a meeting in Seattle sponsored by the International AIDS Society to attempt to settle a dispute over how clinical trials testing whether Gilead's antiretroviral drug Viread can prevent HIV infection are conducted in developing countries, the Wall Street Journal reports. At issue is whether researchers should provide lifelong antiretroviral treatment -- not just a referral for care -- to people who become HIV-positive while participating in the trials. Protests organized by ACT UP/Paris and other European AIDS organizations demanding such care have led to the cancellation of Viread studies in Cambodia and the suspension of trials in Cameroon. However, researchers say that offering lifelong treatment to volunteers might violate a prohibition on "undue inducement" to participate in clinical trials, according to the Journal. In addition, some AIDS advocates want injection drug users participating in the trial in Thailand to be provided with clean needles. However, the trials are using U.S. funding, and providing clean needles would breach a congressional ban on the practice, according to the Journal. The debate has "throw[n] a spotlight on the gap in care between rich and poor countries," and the "gulf" between the two sides in the dispute "may be too wide for any quick fix," the Journal reports.
Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2004 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.
Tobias Rescinds Document Requiring Groups Receiving Money Through Global Fund to Oppose Commercial Sex Work
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.