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Capitol Health Call
December 10, 2003

Drug Reimportation Curbed

JAMA. 2003;290(22):2929. doi:10.1001/jama.290.22.2929-a

A religious group's crusade against sexual health research stormed into the lives of some researchers recently when a "hit list" of some 150 studies was forwarded by Congress to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The list prompted NIH staff to call many of the researchers in what a spokesman termed an effort to gather information for defending the grants.

The fracas began when the Traditional Values Coalition, which says it represents 43 000 churches, compiled a list of some $100 million in grants it finds offensive. Many of the projects deal with transmission of HIV or with drugs of abuse. The coalition sent the list to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which forwarded it to the NIH.