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Hopkins awarded AIDS contract

Johns Hopkins Hospital has been awarded a three-year federal contract to develop new ways to test drugs that fight AIDS and other diseases.

The $1.3 million contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is one of three in the country, Hopkins said.

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It was awarded to the division of clinical pharmacology at the Hopkins Medical School. The other grants went to the University of Maryland and Georgetown University in Washington.

"We plan to look at drug safety, how well patients tolerate drugs and how well they work," said Paul S. Lietman, a Hopkins medical school professor who will direct the program.

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The researchers will see whether a given dose of a drug is absorbed the same way in different people.


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