logo

Video encyclopedia

16/01/1919 American scientist Jerome Horwitz is born

1:13

30 years ago, the FDA approved AIDS drug AZT

Horwitz synthesized a compound that was to become known as zidovudine, an antiviral drug used to treat HIV patients. Zidovudine was initially developed as a treatment for cancer. Horwitz was also first to synthesize stavudine and zalcitabine - two other reverse transcriptase inhibitors used in the treatment of HIV patients.
    • Essentials 

    • Personal 

    • Background 

    • Clinical breakthroughs 

    • Of further note