|Fuzeon for PEP
Aug 29, 2005
There is talk about Fuzeon being used for hiv PEP. Do you think its medically posible to achive this?
| Response from Mr. Kurtyka
I'm not sure what you mean by "medically possible." Theoretically, if you can prevent HIV from ever attaching to a CD4 cell during initial exposure to HIV, this would be a great war on HIV infection. Some of the problems associated with using Fuzeon for post-exposure prophylaxis could include the expense compared to other traditional agents (that we already believe work quite well), plus the potential difficulty of twice a day injections. People would probably still have to take one or two other "conventional" antiretrovirals commonly used for PEP. A lot of people who a prescribed a 4 week couse of PEP don't complete it due to side effects associated with the meds. Not sure how adherent people would be to twice daily injections.
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