FDA OK’s AZT

On this date in 1987, the Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of AZT (azidothymidine, also known as Zidovudine or ZDV) to inhibit the development of HIV-AIDS. The approval period was the shortest in FDA history — twenty months. Originally created by Dr. Jerome Horwitz (1919–2012) as a cancer drug in 1964, AZT proved to […]

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January 4: Gay Men’s Health Crisis

Larry Kramer, Paul Rapoport, and Nathan Fain were among six gay activists who gathered eighty men in Kramer’s apartment and founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis on this date in 1982 — in response to reports that a rare form of cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma was affecting young gay men in New York and San Francisco. […]

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March 20: AZT and AIDS

On this date in 1987, the Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of AZT (azidothymidine) to inhibit the development of HIV-AIDS. Originally created by Dr. Jerome Horwitz as cancer drug in 1964, AZT proved to be an unsuccessful and toxic treatment, but it was revived in 1985 for AIDS treatment by Dr. Samuel Broder […]

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