“I want a new drug, one that does what it should, one that won’t make me feel too bad, one that won’t make me feel too good.” Huey Lewis and the News
Many people were desperately searching for a new drug in April of 1984 when “I Want A New Drug” reached number one on the Billboard charts. In the midst of the AIDS epidemic, the world was looking for anything that could stop a rapidly spreading, poorly understood disease. It was a cruel diagnosis that, at the time, was tantamount to a death sentence. Drugs capable of successfully combating HIV were eventually discovered, but that hasn’t ended the AIDS crisis. Getting these powerful and expensive medicines in the hands of people who need them has turned out to be an equally daunting challenge.