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Two big U.S. drug
companies have signed agreements to develop a treatment
called a microbicide--a gel or a cream that a woman could
use to protect herself from HIV, advocates said
Monday. Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb have signed
separate license agreements with the International
Partnership for Microbicides to develop such a product, long
sought by doctors and advocates as a way for women as

November 02 2005 12:00 AM

O’Neill, the gay former director of the Office of
National AIDS Policy at the White House, has been
named chief executive officer and president of Immune
Response Corp., a biopharmaceutical company focusing
on HIV and multiple sclerosis research. O'Neill, who
succeeds John N. Bonfiglio at Immune Response, helped
craft the 2003 President’s Emergency Plan for

November 02 2005 12:00 AM

The number of
newly reported syphilis cases in Chicago has doubled during
the past 12 months, with more than 70% of the new cases
reported among gay and bisexual men, the Windy City
reports. Syphilis cases among gay Latino men
in the city have risen 200% during the past year,
according to city health officials. Syphilis cases
dropped in the city in 2003 after the Syphilis Elimination

November 01 2005 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug
Administration on Friday approved a tablet form of
Abbott Laboratories’ protease inhibitor Kaletra. The
new tablet formulation does not require refrigeration,
as the previous formulation of Kaletra did, and
reduces a patient's pill burden from six capsules per
day to four tablets. The new Kaletra tablet also can be
taken with or without food. Kaletra, which includes a

November 01 2005 12:00 AM

The Nevada state
pharmacy board late last week voted to extend to
December 8 the debate over a proposed "conscience clause"
that would outline pharmacists' rights to refuse to
dispense medicines on moral grounds. The board is
examining whether pharmacists can refuse to fill
prescriptions they find morally objectionable and, if so,
what the process would be for having the prescription

November 01 2005 12:00 AM

Tom Donohue,
executive director of the State College, Pa.–based
youth AIDS organization Who’s Positive, is
scheduled to speak before the Food and Drug
Administration next week when the agency holds hearings on
possibly approving the OraQuick rapid HIV antibody test for
home use. Some AIDS advocates oppose approving the kit
for home use because of fears that because there is no

October 29 2005 12:00 AM

After more than a
decade of decline, syphilis rates are again rising in
Virginia, with the vast majority of new cases being reported
among gay and bisexual men, the Virginian-Pilot
reports. Cases increased from 156 in 2003 to 223 last
year, health officials reported this week. From
January to March of this year, the most recent period
for which statistics are available, 39 new cases were

October 29 2005 12:00 AM