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Generic PrEP approved, but not soon available

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of Truvada, a combination pill used for both HIV treatment and prevention, but it will not soon hit pharmacy shelves, advocates said.

Published
17 June 2017
From
Bay Area Reporter
ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Europe Programme awards grants to 14 community-based organisations

Today, ViiV Healthcare announce that 14 patient advocacy organisations will receive funding as part of its Positive Action Europe Programme. After a thorough review of applications from across the region, the decision was made to award grants to 14 projects aimed to support people living with HIV in the community.

Published
14 June 2017
From
ViiV Healthcare
FDA Approves Generic Truvada for HIV Treatment and PrEP

In a move that has taken HIV advocates by surprise and stewed considerable confusion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a generic formulation of Gilead Sciences’ blockbuster antiretroviral (ARV) Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine). This decision could have major implications for the future cost of Truvada, to insurers and consumers alike.

Published
10 June 2017
From
Poz
PrEP Stymied in Europe: What's the hold up?

Europe is the birthplace of the smallpox vaccine and the Renaissance, among other treasures. So why can’t this continent that has brought forth such cornerstones of public health and flourishing civilization deliver oral PrEP—a mere pill a day to prevent HIV, which already exists and is being successfully implemented in several countries, including Brazil, Kenya, South Africa and the US?

Published
08 June 2017
From
AVAC
We had to run our own trial for TB drugs – nobody else was doing it

Four years ago, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) made the decision to sponsor and run its own tuberculosis clinical trial. The aim was to find a new treatment regimen for drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) that was radically better than what was currently available. As an organisation that specialises in delivering short-term emergency healthcare, this was a bold and new direction to take. But it was a decision that came from our frustration, anger and impatience on behalf of the more than 20,000 people with TB that we treat every year. We felt compelled to search for improved treatments ourselves because too few pharmaceutical companies, organisations or universities were doing enough about it.

Published
02 June 2017
From
The Guardian
Gilead and GSK go head-to-head with similar HIV drug data

Gilead Sciences Inc and GlaxoSmithKline Plc will go head-to-head with rival versions of an improved class of HIV medicines, after clinical studies showed the U.S. company's new drug bictegravir was as effective as GSK's product.

Published
31 May 2017
From
Reuters
Unexpected side effects with generic abacavir – and potential for rare reactions to other generic ARVs

Several anecdotal reports of mouth ulcers have recently been reported in people switching to generic abacavir in the UK. This should highlight awareness of the potential of likely-rare new side effects, even when both formulations have been approved as bioequivalent.

Published
23 May 2017
From
HIV i-Base
CHMP recommends for approval generic version of Atripla

At its May meeting, the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended for approval a generic version of Atripla – Efavirenz/Emtricitabine/Tenofovir disoproxil Zentiva (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil) for the treatment of HIV infection.

Published
22 May 2017
From
EATG
Gilead's last chronic HIV drug — and what it plans to do now

Gilead Sciences Inc. — whose HIV-fighting drugs have helped to nearly triple the lives of people with the HIV virus and reduce the number of pills patients pop from 25 to one — expects this fall to ask government regulators to approve its final chronic HIV treatment.

Published
11 May 2017
From
San Francisco Business Times
Scott Gottlieb wins confirmation as FDA commissioner

Dr. Scott Gottlieb is headed back to the Food and Drug Administration. By a vote of 57 to 42, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed Gottlieb, a former FDA deputy commissioner, as the agency’s next chief.

Published
10 May 2017
From
STAT
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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