Your Money Or Their Lives

Patient advocates are learning from AIDS activists how to work the system

WITH $150 IN THE BANK, THE Families for Alzheimer's Rights Association lacks the muscle of the American Cancer Society, whose budget totaled $346 million this year. But then again, the American Cancer Society doesn't have George Rehnquist. The 69-year-old retired electrical engineer created the tiny lobby to fight for government approval of the experimental drug THA. The treatment has yet to meet the Food and Drug Administration's standards for safety or effectiveness. But ever since THA eased his wife's Alzheimer's symptoms, Rehnquist has been crusading to get the drug into patients' hands -- legally or not. One day he is instructing...

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