Let's Not Be Too Hasty

Activists who once clamored for speedier approval of AIDS drugs now favor a more deliberate approach

Remember when AIDS activists staged die-ins on Wall Street, barricaded the doors at the Food and Drug Administration and threw smoke bombs at the National Institutes of Health? If there was a single, unifying battle cry among protesters, it was the charge that the Federal Government's delays in approving experimental treatments were responsible for killing thousands of desperately ill AIDS patients. Now, a mere two years after the FDA relaxed some of its standards and established a "fast track" to rush drugs from the test tube to the bedside, a growing number of activists are changing their minds. "We were naive,"...

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