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Gilead applies for PrEP approval in Canada

Gilead has applied to Health Canada for Truvada to be approved as PrEP – HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. Truvada is not approved as PrEP yet in Canada which means doctors must prescribe it off-label and it is not yet on any provincial drug plan formularies outside of Quebec. Gilead Pharmaceuticals has now formally submitted its application to Health Canada for Truvada to also be approved for a preventative indication. Much of this can be attributed to a petition launched in April by several HIV and gay men’s health organizations in Canada, calling on Gilead to apply to Health Canada.

Published
27 August 2015
From
Homoculture.ca
Where Do I Fit In? PrEP and Transgender Men

There aren’t guidelines about Truvada-based PrEP use for transgender men who have sex with men because there haven’t been any studies specifically looking at how the drug works in our bodies. In fact, major PrEP clinical efficacy trials have not included transgender men in any of their study populations to date.

Published
26 August 2015
From
BETA blog
High rate of mental health issues found among some PEP users

Researchers in Boston found that people who sought PEP had a high rate of mental health issues. The Boston team strongly encourages healthcare providers who prescribe PEP to screen and treat potential patients for mental health issues.

Published
26 August 2015
From
CATIE
PrEPosterous gender health inequality?

PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) is a highly effective “game changer". Women should get excited right? Well, perhaps not – it’s not yet clear if we’ll get our hands on it.

Published
20 August 2015
From
NAT
AIDS Healthcare Foundation Cedes Ground in Anti-PrEP Fight

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has long waged a vociferous and largely isolated battle against Truvada as PrEP, has finally begun to capitulate, offering measured support for the HIV prevention method.

Published
19 August 2015
From
AIDSMeds
PrEP Seen as a Big Part of White House's New HIV Strategy

HIV awareness groups say providing better access to the drug is essential to lower the rate of infection.

Published
10 August 2015
From
Healthline
HIV Prevention Pill Remains A Tough Sell Among Gay Latinos

In California, New York, Texas and elsewhere, health workers are trying to get more high-risk Latino men to use the drug, Truvada. AltaMed's efforts are being paid for by Gilead, the pharmaceutical company that makes Truvada.

Published
07 August 2015
From
NPR
Northwestern Receives $17.5 Million Grant to Develop PrEP Implants That Last a Year

Northwestern scientists have received a 5-year, $17.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for an interdisciplinary project that aims to invent, develop and test an implantable drug delivery system to protect high-risk individuals from HIV infection for up to a year at a time.

Published
07 August 2015
From
McCormick School of Engineering press release
HIV Prevention: Are Doctors the Problem?

Despite the broad recommendations, those who want to take Truvada as a preventive measure say there are obstacles to actually getting the drug. For some, it's stigma. For others, it's that their primary care physicians say they don't know enough about the drug to prescribe it. And once they get a prescription, the price-tag can be prohibitive.

Published
07 August 2015
From
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
Will privately prescribing PrEP do more harm than good?

This week Dean Street Clinic, part of Chelsea of Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, have opened their doors and started privately prescribing PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) – to those who can afford it. Whilst circumnavigating the system at a cost may be good for a few, will it cause longer delays for those waiting for the NHS to start prescribing PrEP?

Published
05 August 2015
From
Beyond Positive
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