WASHINGTON - A ''extremely dangerous'' batch of an experimental drug produced in goats and intended as a treatment for HIV/AIDS has been stolen, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday in a warning to doctors and patients.
The sponsor of the product, Dr. Gary R. Davis, said in a letter to the government that the batch had been stolen from a storage facility in Raleigh, N.C., the FDA said in a statement.
Davis said the batch has ''the potential to be extremely dangerous'' and ''it is also possible that someone may try to sell this contaminated medication.''
The FDA is advising doctors and patients that the goat antiserum is not approved for the treatment of HIV/AIDS or for use in humans. The FDA already had the drug on ''clinical hold,'' which prohibits its use until it is deemed safe.