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How much is AZT?

On introduction, a full year of the stuff cost $10,000. By 1998, the price had only gone down to around $8,000 per year (see: ?"HIV's Inhuman Cost"), despite the influx of new, effective drugs. Currently, the lifetime treatment cost of an HIV infection is $379,668, according to the CDC.

Consequently, when was AZT discovered?

In March 1987, when AZT was available on prescription for the first time, almost everyone with Aids wanted to take it, as did many who had tested positive for HIV. One of these was Michael Cottrell, a gay Englishman. He had tested positive for HIV in 1985 at the age of 22.

When was AZT introduced?

1996 was a definitive year, certainly, but HAART's development began in earnest nearly a decade before, with the fast-tracked FDA approval of azidothymidine, aka AZT or Retrovir, on March 20, 1987.

What are the side effects of AZT?

The commonest side-effects of zidovudine are nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, fatigue, weakness and muscle pain. These often occur in the early weeks of treatment. Medicines to control nausea and headache can be prescribed before starting zidovudine.
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