Pregnancy

The Good Man at the NIH

GNN, January 2006 Mr. Fishbein Goes to Washington Dr. Jonathan Fishbein’s fight for medical ethics in AIDS medicine Editor’s note: In December 2005, GNN’s Liam Scheff spoke with NIH whistleblower Dr. Jonathan Fishbein. In an exclusive interview, Fishbein discusses the controversial African AIDS drug trials he exposed, his firing and reinstatement and how medical ethics [...]

HIGH FREQUENCY OF FALSE POSITIVE RESULTS IN HIV SCREENING IN BLOOD BANKS

RTB: What is an “hiv test”? A test that is only considered accurate for persons for whom they’re considered to be accurate…That is, they are a test for no one particular thing – but they are subjected to a social bias. “[B]efore we screen low-risk groups for antibody to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), we [...]

False Positive HIV Tests in Pregnant Women

False Positives and Pregnant Women [attached] Tests that test for pregnancy…also used to test for a “specific” virus? From the review: “A strongly reactive ELISA result is more likely to indicate that the person is infected (true-positive result) than a weakly reactive result.16-17 There are many ‘levels’ of reaction, but no standard as to what [...]

False Positives Among Hispanic Women

False Positives Among Hispanic Women [attached] HIV Testing – Find this 2004 Journal of Perinatology review of testing in pregnant women. The warning goes out: “Do not test pregnant Hispanic women – they will test positive, though we don’t want them to be. (They’re not in our ‘risk group’).” The problem – the tests give [...]

Nevirapine – FDA Summary of Drug alerts -1999

BOXED WARNING: “SEVERE AND LIFE-THREATENING SKIN REACTIONS (STEVENS-JOHNSON SYNDROME, TOXIC EPIDERMAL NECROLYSIS), INCLUDING FATAL CASES, HAVE OCCURRED IN PATIENTS TREATED WITH VIRAMUNE” Deleted – Replaced with the following text – “SEVERE, LIFE-THREATENING SKIN REACTIONS, INCLUDING FATAL CASES, HAVE OCCURRED IN PATIENTS TREATED WITH VIRAMUNE. THESE HAVE INCLUDED CASES OF STEVENS-JOHNSON SYNDROME, TOXIC EPIDERMAL NECROLYSIS, AND [...]

Corporate-Sponsored Viramune Donation Programme

Nevirapine Donations by Boeringer to Afr [attached] Donation Programmes for HIV/AIDS-Related Drugs : Documenting the Early Experience of the Diflucan®Partnership Programme and Viramune® Donation Programme

Nevirapine and the Risk of Stevens Johnsons Syndrome

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Nevirapine and the risk of Stevens±Johns [attached] – Nevirapine Toxicity. Yes, that’s the result of an Aids drug. Yes, we give it to human beings. The characteristics of the 15 patients exposed to nevirapine are presented in Table 1. They were four women and 11 men aged 21±59 years (median, 35 years), 10 were from [...]

Thalidomide for NYC Orphans

Thalidomide, the once-banned sleep-aid that caused a wave of severe and deadly birth defects in the late 1950s and early 1960s, has been reintroduced into the AIDS market (1), and was specifically used on at least one ICC resident in 2003-2004.