Company Tried to Bar Report That H.I.V. Vaccine Failed
By PHILIP J. HILTS
November 1, 2000
A California company tried to block the publication of a scientific
paper that showed its H.I.V. vaccine was not effective, and it has asked
for damages of more than $7 million from the universities and
researchers who published the findings.
The company, the Immune Response Corporation of Carlsbad, Calif., makes
Remune, a vaccine intended to increase the body's defenses against
H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, in people already infected. The drug
was tested from 1996 to 1999 on more than 2,500 people with the
infection, in one of the largest H.I.V. treatment studies ever
conducted. Results of the study were published in yesterday's Journal of
the American Medical Association.
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