Mr. Albi, another Krebiozen believer, had written to protest NCI's refusal to do clinical trials to assess its cancer-curing
properties. Fogarty's reply incorporated material provided by Dr. J. R. Heller, director of NCI, and illustrates how complicated
the Krebiozen story became. Krebiozen was an alternative cancer "cure" promoted in the 1940s and 1950s by Dr. Stevan
Durovic and Dr. Andrew Ivy. They claimed amazing cure rates and had testimonials from patients, along with support from some
politicians. When hospitals and cancer centers tried the treatment, they could not reproduce Ivy's results. The Journal
of the American Medical Association published a summary of the negative clinical studies in 1951; Ivy and Durovic claimed
this was a conspiracy against them. The National Cancer Institute and the FDA tested samples of Krebiozen and found it was
just creatine (an amino acid) dissolved in mineral oil. Ivy and Durovic were convicted of marketing mislabeled drugs in 1964.
Like many politicians, Fogarty received numerous queries from constituents about Krebiozen, and asked Heller, director of
NCI, to provide current information he could pass along.
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Fogarty, John E.
[Albi, Joe R.]
Original Repository: Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections at Providence College