Friday, July 23, 1999

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  • Monsanto’s Revolving Door

    Last month, Monsanto’s G.D. Searle pharmaceuticals unit named Michael A.Friedman as its new clinical-research chief. In his new capacity, Dr. Friedman will direct strategy and execution of clinical research on new drugs at Searle. Friedman was acting commissioner of the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration, from February 1997 through November 1998, and also served as lead deputy operations commissioner of the federal agency. And from 1985 to 1995 he held senior positions at the National Cancer Institute. Donna Shalala, secretary of Health and Human Services, credited Friedman with having played a major role in speeding up FDA approval of cancer drugs.

  • South Africa and AIDS Drugs

    A prescription medicine bill that would have allowed South Africa to produce inexpensive generic AIDS drugs (at 10% of the cost of AIDS drugs produced in the West) has been struck down by an appeals court. The United States and other Western countries say they oppose the bill because of a clause that could authorize the Government to ignore international drug patents. However, the court struck it down only on a technicality, ruling it had been promulgated prematurely.

  • War and Peace Report

    Opposition activists across Yugoslavia say they’ve gathered more than half a million half a million signatures demanding the resignation of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. This comes as leaders for the Alliance for Change, a coalition of Yugoslav opposition groups, are meeting today in Vienna with Social Democrats across Europe, including German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. Meanwhile, in Yugoslavia, unrest continues to rise from the ranks of Yugoslav soldiers who fought in Kosovo. They say the government is now turning its back on them and their families.

  • Crisis at Kpfa

    In the war and peace report at home, mediation continues between Pacifica management, KPFA staff, and the community. Verna Avery Brown, correspondent for Pacifica Network News, has this report on the issues behind the crisis.

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