Friday, July 14, 2006

Atripla : Once daily tablet for treatment of HIV1


Looks like HIV treatment is getting simpler. If only PTB treatment was as simple!

" ROCKVILLE, Md., July 13 -- The FDA has approved a once-daily tablet called Atripla for HIV, a simple regimen that is being hailed as an "extraordinary accomplishment."

Each Atripla pill contains 600 mg of Sustiva (efavirenz), 200 mg of Emtriva (emtricitabine), and 300 mg of Viread (tenofovir DF), which are three of the most commonly used anti-HIV medications.

The development of single-pill, once-daily dosing has long been a goal of HIV researchers, because taking antiretroviral medication faithfully is a key factor in keeping the virus in check. However, some of the early regimens of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) mean that patients were taking dozens of different pills, many times a day, either with food or without."

Source : Medpage Today

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