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generic HIV meds availibility?
Apr 21, 2012

I have been taking Atripla for 2.5 years now and doing well on it. I do have problems sleeping but that is only side effect.

Is there any HIV meds available as Generic? Is there a way to find out when Atripla will be available in Generic form?

I am doing fine with the insurance I now have but looking at the future when I will not have this insurance and could not afford the medication.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

In the US and Western Europe, there's no immediate prospect of a generic Atripla. Some of the medications in Atripla (or their equivalent) either are- or will soon be available as generic medications in the US. Any strategy to use these generics would require the unbundling of Atripla into several once-daily pills. For example, the cousin of FTC (emtricitabine), 3TC is currently available as a generic medication. Efavirenz (while not currently generic in the US) will likely become available in generic form in the next several years.

Perhaps more important than speculation about the future generic medications is to think proactively about how one will adjust to a new medical insurance future. There are a variety of insurance plans that you might be eligible for (or could afford); it's worth discussing these options with your health care provider or case manager.

I hope that's helpful, BY



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