February 23, 2011

February 23, 2011
FDA Sign On Letter

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week. So I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is another busy day for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

There is something very important to talk about today. I know we're all busy with budget concerns, but I hope you will take a minute to read and sign on to an important letter to the FDA about the future of drug development in HIV treatment experienced people who have burned through all available drugs which is attached. They really need our help.

I am writing on behalf of the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC). ATAC is a national coalition of AIDS activists, many living with HIV/AIDS, working together to end the AIDS epidemic by advancing research on HIV/AIDS. We are involved in many areas of ethical and expedited drug development, including work with the FDA.

The FDA is considering a new HIV Clinical Trials Guidance for treatment experienced patients that in our opinion would ensure that the most vulnerable people with HIV will not be subject to ineffective treatment regimens while participating in clinical trials. Treatment regimens that are not completely active against HIV cause resistance. If resistance occurs, these new therapies will be ineffective for the very clinical trial participants who need these drugs the most. Sub-therapeutic regimens can cause vulnerable treatment experienced patients to lose all available drug options and their last chance for survival. More details are provided in the attached sign-on letter.

I urge your organization to join Dab the AIDS Bear Project and sign on to this important letter which will be delivered to people at the FDA who will be making this important decision about the future of HIV research in treatment experienced patients.

The deadline for signing on is March 4, 2011. The sign-on link is provided below.


Now the bear and I are off and running for the rest of the day doing meetings, errands and hopefully making it to the gym. I hope you have a great day.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab