NIH's like-it-or-not views on FIAU

ROCKVILLE - An NIH review panel, acknowledging that its findings will not satisfy "the scientific or general public," has concluded that the ill-fated clinical trials of fialuridine (FIAU) were undone by a "new and unique form of delayed drug toxicity", and that the deaths of five hepatitis patients appeared to be "an unavoidable accident."

The conclusions by the NIH Subcommittee to Review FIAU Studies put the NIH at odds with the FDA, which formally has warned the FAIU investigators and sponsoring companies that they violated reporting and protocol requirements that could have resulted in more cautious pursuit of the trials.

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