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JAMA NetSight: A Guide to Interactive Medicine
December 16, 1998

The AIDS NetHIV/AIDS Resources on the World Wide Web

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From Mednav.com, Inc, Byfield, Mass (Drs Peters and Sikorski, e-mail: mail@mednav.com).

 

Edited by William M. Silberg, Editorial Director, Medical News and New Media Office, JAMA.

JAMA. 1998;280(23):2037-2038. doi:10.1001/jama.280.23.2037

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.—Samuel Johnson

While driving to work, a physician who specializes in treating infectious diseases hears a radio news report about a new antiviral agent for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He walks into his office, logs onto the Internet, and accesses one of several professionally oriented Web sites that provide frequent updates on clinical developments in HIV and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). There he finds that the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee has recommended that abacavir sulfate be slated for accelerated approval. He obtains details about the drug's dosing, its preliminary clinical trial results, and its adverse interactions with other agents. He decides to review the records of his patients who have HIV to see if some could be candidates for this new drug, once it receives FDA approval.

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