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Ibalizumab and apricitabine on early access

Feb 3, 2015

Nelson good to see Ibalizumab in early access

and a friend in the US just received their first apricitabine on early access, the ozzie nrti for treatment experienced, http://www.linkhealthcare.co/

would be good to get the word out about these options together, as well as the upcoming BMS options

Response from Mr. Vergel

Both drugs are available via single patient early access but both companies (Taimed and Avexa) are small and have limited funding, so they are requesting a cost recovery option in which the patient's physician tries to get insurance companies to pay for either investigational drug. This is legal per FDA policy but we have never had a precedent in which an insurance company would pay for drugs not yet approved by the FDA. The out of pocket cost for each drug would be around $1200 per month, an prohibitive cost for most HIV patients.

I hope these two companies get their needed funding to proceed with phase 3 since both drugs have value in treating patients with HIV multidrug resistance.

Nelson



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