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French drug lottery idea causes uproar

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.599b (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:599
  1. Alexander Dorozynski

    A proposal by the National Aids Council, an advisory body to the French government, that HIV positive people should take part in a lottery to decide whether they should be treated with a new drug has been rejected as unacceptable by prime minister Alain Juppe. Ritonavir, an antiprotease drug developed by Abbott Laboratories in the United States, will not be immediately available in a large enough quantity to treat the 15000 French …

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