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The U.S. government is looking for the next AZT, Viagra and thalidomide — substances that washed out as treatments for one disease but later turned out to work well against a totally different ailment.

AZT failed as a cancer drug but became the first antiviral to work against HIV. Viagra didn’t succeed as a treatment for angina but turned out to be great against impotence. Thalidomide, the notorious morning sickness pill that caused thousands of birth defects in Europe, is a treatment for leprosy and multiple myeloma.
Federal officials seek ways to rescue and repurpose drugs that washed out for their initial planned uses but may work well for some other treatment.
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Cannabis fixes all maybe they should check that out first
It's a pity that the WHO database I was working with earlier only contains adverse drug reactions. This WHO project was started 1967 by the way, due to the thalidomide catastrophe.
OK, for those patients that get reported, all the symptoms of the patient are reported. Possibly one could find a lower than expected outcome in these cases.
There are some projects though, but not very large scale AFAIK where they store and track patients for long time, run by e.g. IMS.
There one should be able to find such effects by data mining.
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