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Fearing Drugs’ Rare Side Effects, Millions Take Their Chances With Osteoporosis

Millions of Americans are missing out on a chance to avoid debilitating fractures from weakened bones, researchers say, because they are terrified of exceedingly rare side effects from drugs that can help them.

Published
02 June 2016
From
New York Times
A question of timing: A lawsuit claims Gilead Sciences could have developed a less-harmful version of its HIV treatment sooner

More than a decade ago, researchers at Gilead Sciences thought they had a breakthrough: a new version of the company’s key HIV medicine that was less toxic to kidneys and bones. But in 2004 Gilead executives stopped the research, only to restart it as the expiration of tenofovir’s patent in 2018 neared.

Published
30 May 2016
From
Los Angeles Times
HIV-infected young males have higher rates of bone loss than females

Accumulating evidence suggests that rates of low bone mass are greater in HIV-infected males than in females. Researchers led by Grace Aldrovandi, MD, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, studied 11 biomarkers associated with inflammation, bone loss and/or bone formation in about 450 individuals -- assessed by sex and HIV status -- to try to determine causes of this differential bone loss.

Published
11 March 2016
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Free new tool for health providers to assist physical rehabilitation in people living with HIV

The free website, entitled "How Rehabilitation Can Help People Living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Evidence-Informed Tool for Rehab Providers", was adapted from a Canadian resource and is also downloadable for use on paper. It's designed to be a one-stop resource for physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health workers who can quickly and easily research the most common HIV-related disabilities, and find evidence-based rehabilitation solutions

Published
02 December 2015
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
TAF and TDF Compared for Kidney, Bone Toxicity in Black HIV+ Patients

Including tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) in single-tablet elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine (E/C/F/TAF) is associated with reduced renal and bone toxicity compared to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF)-containing single-tablet (E/C/F/TDF) therapy, according to an analysis of data from two Phase 3 trials, reported at IDWeek 2015.

Published
12 October 2015
From
Monthly Prescribing Reference
HIV Increases Bone Fracture Risk by 32% in Middle-Aged U.S. Women

HIV infection inflated the risk of a new fracture 32% in a mostly premenopausal group in the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). Older age, white race, previous fracture history, injection drug use, opiate use and smoking also independently raised the risk of any fracture in multivariate analysis.

Published
05 October 2015
From
The Body
Tenofovir Alafenamide Combo Pill Matches Truvada for HIV Efficacy, but Easier on Bones and Kidneys

A fixed-dose combination pill containing tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) worked as well in a Phase 3 trial as the current Truvada pill containing the older tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) -- which is used for both HIV treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP -- but causes less kidney and bone toxicity, according to an announcement this week from Gilead Sciences.

Published
04 September 2015
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
ART: Daily Vitamin D and Calcium Stave Off Bone Loss

Patients with HIV infection who take antiretroviral therapy (ART) can also reduce antiretroviral therapy-related bone loss by 50% by taking daily high-dose vitamin D and calcium supplements, according to a 48-week study.

Published
17 June 2015
From
Medscape
The puzzle of thin bones in young MSM

In Amsterdam, researchers have established a large cohort, called AGEhIV, of both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people of similar age and risk behaviours. Young MSM in this study, regardless of HIV infection, were surprisingly at risk for having thinner-than-normal bones.

Published
01 October 2014
From
CATIE
Gilead Sciences: A Preview of Important HIV Drug Study Results

Gilead is running nine phase III studies involving tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), which reflects the importance of the drug to Gilead's future HIV business. It is collecting an enormous amount of clinical data in which to make the case that TAF should be a preferred backbone drug for new and existing HIV patients, as well as patients who cannot use Viread because of pre-existing kidney conditions.

Published
23 September 2014
From
The Street
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