Government Sponsored Drugs - Pre and Post Apartheid
Wouter Basson
  • Sowetan

    07 February 1997

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    Government Sponsored Drugs - Pre and Post Apartheid
    The Virodene controversy - In January 1997, three scientists from the University of Pretoria announced that they had found an antiretroviral drug — Virodene — that could cure AIDS, and requested R3.7-million in state funding to continue researching it. Then health minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, circumvented accepted practice by allowing the researchers to address Cabinet with their preliminary findings that were neither controlled nor peer-reviewed. Tests by independent scientists, however, found Virodene could be highly toxic and could cause severe liver damage.
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