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IDWeek 2014: AbbVie 3D HCV Regimen Well-tolerated in PEARL Trials

AbbVie's 3D hepatitis C regimen containing paritaprevir (ABT-450), ombitasvir, and dasabuvir was generally well-tolerated in the Phase 3 PEARL trials, according to a pooled analysis presented at IDWeek 2014 last week in Philadelphia. Serious side effects were uncommon and few people discontinued treatment for this reason.

Published
16 October 2014
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
IDWeek 2014: Efavirenz Not Linked to Suicide in Analysis of Insurance Records

The non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor efavirenz (Sustiva, also in the Atripla single-tablet regimen) was not associated with a higher rate of suicidal thoughts or attempts in an analysis conducted by manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), researchers reported at the 2014 IDWeek meeting last week in Philadelphia.

Published
16 October 2014
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Effective treatments available for HIV patients not eligible for efavirenz regimens

HIV drug regimens that do not include efavirenz are effective as first-line antiretroviral therapy, a new American clinical trial found. The finding is important for patients who are not eligible for treatment with efavirenz, including women considering becoming pregnant and patients with a history of severe psychiatric disorders.

Published
07 October 2014
From
Science Daily
Why I Refused, Then Later Embraced, HIV Treatment

"On good days, adhering to my pill is a positive affirmation of my life, an exercise in self-love. On bad days, it's just a pill I need to swallow, not terribly bitter but as mildly annoying as having to shave or tie my shoelaces every day. It's yet another thing to add to my list of things, but I do it anyway." Josh Kruger on his ambiguous relationship to HIV treatment.

Published
01 October 2014
From
TheBody.com
Guidelines Advise Against Tenofovir for HIV Patients With Kidney Disease

HIV-positive patients who have reduced kidney function should take antiretroviral therapy, but should avoid regimens that contain tenofovir (Viread), according to updated treatment guidelines from the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA).

Published
22 September 2014
From
The Body Pro
Switch From Efavirenz to Rilpivirine Quells CNS Toxicity, Improves Sleep

Switching from Atripla (efavirenz plus tenofovir/emtricitabine [TDF/FTC]) to Complera (Eviplera, rilpivirine plus TDF/FTC) significantly relieved central nervous system (CNS) toxicity and improved sleep in people with those problems while taking Atripla [1]. All but 1 of 40 study participants who switched in this London/Brighton study maintained virologic control through 24 weeks.

Published
16 September 2014
From
NATAP
New Tenofovir Alafenamide Combo Pill Has Less Effect on Kidneys and Bones

An experimental single-tablet regimen containing a new version of tenofovir (tenofovir alafenamide or TAF) and the HIV protease inhibitor darunavir (Prezista) worked as well as a similar regimen containing the older tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) formulation,but it had less detrimental effects on kidney function and bone density, as study presented at the recent ICAAC conference heard.

Published
09 September 2014
From
HIVandhepatitis.com
Maraviroc fails to match tenofovir/emtricitabine for first-line HIV treatment

An NRTI-sparing dual antiretroviral regimen containing maraviroc (Celsentri) plus ritonavir-boosted darunavir (Prezista) was found to be less effective than a standard combination with tenofovir/emtricitabine (the drugs in Truvada), according

Published
23 July 2014
By
Liz Highleyman
Drug that reduces abdominal fat in HIV patients also may reduce fat in liver

The only drug to receive Food and Drug Administration approval for reduction of the abdominal fat deposits that develop in some patients receiving antiviral therapy for HIV infection may also reduce the incidence of fatty liver disease in such patients. Massachusetts General Hospital investigators report that six months of daily injections of tesamorelin significantly reduced fat in the liver without affecting glucose metabolism.

Published
19 July 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Common HIV Drug May Boost Suicide Risk

A medication commonly used to treat HIV appears to double the risk that patients will develop suicidal thoughts or take their lives, new research contends. The finding concerns the anti-HIV drug efavirenz, which is marketed as Sustiva.

Published
02 July 2014
From
Web MD
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