Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Choosing Your MedsChoosing Your Meds
          
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


generic drugs
Sep 6, 2011

I read, today, that several major drugs are about to be available in generic form and it noted that some HIV drugs will be among them. Can you elaborate about which drugs they're referring to?

Response from Dr. McGowan

Generic medications have been in use in the developing world for several years (Brazil and India). Many of the pharmaceutical companies have negatiated deals to deliver the brand drugs to people in need in these areas at reduced cost to try to address this trend.

In the US, patents are due to expire in the next few years for a number of agents. The expiration dates may be subject to change due to litigation. Also, generics may not become available immediately, it can take time for a manufacturer to pick up teh drug and pressure to reduce [rices will not be keen without the competition.

Combivir (zidovudine/lamivudine) is due to come off patent in 4th Quarter (Nov) 2011. Viramune (nevirapine) in 2nd quarter (May) 2012 Viracept (nelfinavir) in 2nd Quarter (April) 2014 Norvir (ritonavir) 1st Quarter (Jan) 2015 Sustiva (efavirenz) 1st Quarter (Jan) 2015 Fuzeon (enfuvirtide) 4th Quarter (Dec) 2015 Reyataz (atazanavir) 2nd Quarter (June) 2019

Obviously by the time patents expire the field has largely moved on to newer meds. But some of these drugs will offer cheaper and safe combinations in the future.

Best, Joe



Previous
truvada/isentress-side effects
Next
Persistently detectable viral load - next treatment options?

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement