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Sunday, March 28, 2010

On Lumping People Together in Phamaceutical Experiments

MICHAEL: Going too far to battle disease - Washington Times


"A pharmaceutical experiment on hundreds of mostly black homosexual men and heterosexual women in Washington is about to be undertaken by U.S. AIDS czar Dr. Anthony S. Fauci with the enthusiastic backing of the District's black mayor, Adrian M. Fenty, voiced in a January announcement. The experiment radically departs from medical "best practices" of offering antiretroviral chemotherapy for life to HIV-positive persons only after they exhibit depressed levels of CD4 T-cells and are judged to be at significant risk of contracting opportunistic illnesses associated with AIDS."

What is new? It has happened before with other pathologies. It might as well happen now. We all know that ramming drugs down people's throats is the modus operandi of many a pharmaceutical company.

Granted, many times granted that there is a time and a place for drugs in our lives and we are all very much aware that drugs save lives. However, dispensing drugs, as the article implies, without proper research into whether patients really need them, is a total violation of Human Rights.

Choosing this particular demographic group is particularly controversial. First and foremost, Blacks in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, in this country inclusive, vastly under-represented, should way before any draconian measure, be granted access to better education, food and housing.

We do not want to be reminded of Katrina. We do not want to be reminded of documentaries on National Georgraphic and Hollywood films. People who have been to the United States, and natives alike, all know the ills pervasive in Black communities.

That said, since this is a particularly important development, it would behoove Black leaders and authorities to wise up and learn that before rushing to the drugstore, one has to be able to eat properly, have access to health care and live with dignity. Then and only then, drugs, when necessary, can be administered.


Update

April 4, 2010.

See this article for more on "hit early, hit hard: new strategies for HIV" infected people in San Francisco in the United States.






noun: mo·dus op·e·ran·di   /ˈmoʊdəs ˌɒpəˈrændi, -daɪ; Lat. ˈmoʊdus ˌoʊpɛˈrɑndi/
mode of operating or working.


modus operandi. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved March 28, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/modus operandi

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