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Parallel Track and Roche Pre-Action
[edited] [29 minutes] [Wentzy and ACT UP/Boston]

Video prelude to ACT UP's Action against Hoffmann LaRoche Pharmaceuticals along with principles regarding Expanded Access and Parallel Track for new drugs.

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[Resulting from pressures by ACT UP and AIDS activists...] "the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announced in April 1992 a program to provide earlier access to important new drugs for AIDS. This program, called Parallel Track, provides experimental drugs to people with AIDS before the drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

"Tragically, the FDA cannot require drug companies to use the Parallel Track. Drug companies alone decide whether or not to make their drugs available and most companies choose not to. In fact, only one of the many promising new drugs currently being studied is available through Parallel Track."

[see also 01334: Roche Civil Disobedience Action.]

[some footage incorporated into edited program donated by ACT UP/Boston.]

AIDS Community Television weekly series
First broadcast 2/9/93
Show #6