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Old Fight, New Front: AIDS Activists Want Lower Drug Prices. Now!
National Public Radio

When the first HIV drug, AZT, came to market in 1987, it cost $10,000 a year.

That price makes Peter Staley laugh today. “It sounds quaint and cheap now, but $10,000 a year at that time was the highest price ever set for any drug in history,” he says.

At the time, the price Burroughs Wellcome set for the drug sparked outrage. The AIDS epidemic was an urgent national crisis. For many, the diagnosis was a death sentence. The TV-viewing public was horrified by endless images of young men, suddenly sick and dying. A lost generation.