azidothymidine; Azitidin; AZT; Retrovir®; Timazid; ZDV; Zidovudine
had been prepared in 1964 as a potential anti-cancer agent, but
was shown to be ineffective. It was retested as an antiretro viral,
when the AIDS epidemic hit Western society during the mid-1980's,
and it is still a central component in the various combination therapies
now in use.