|Any new developments?
Sep 7, 2006
Hi Ms. Salisbury, Together with 6 other orally taken medications I also inject FUZEON twice a day and this I have done for the last three and a half year faithfully. I notice that the periods, that I can cope reasonably well with this regimen of twice daily injections, are getting shorter and rarer. This always coincides with the fact that somehow the injections hurt more than during the "good" days. I always try to hang on to the belief that something will come onto the market that will replace FUZEON whether it be a once daily injection or even a once a week, or: why not: a pill! My doctor always gives me vague answers when I ask him how long he thinks I will have to continue this boring, painful and restrictive regimen. Of course I am very grateful for the fact that I can take FUZEON, but that does not make it any easier. What I would like to know is the following: Can we expect new meds in the foreseeable future, meds that will make the treatment a bit easier? And if so: how long before they will be available to the regular patient? I do not want to have a vague answer to this question because my doctor is already very good at giving those. I just want to have a clear idea for how long I still have to cope with FUZEON as it is adminitered now. What are my hopes for improvement and when will this improvement take place? If you can answer that I would be extremely grateful, because even if I had to go on for still quite some time with these injections, I think I could do that better if I knew that the end of twice daily injections will come in one year, two years or whatever date that is certain, to make way for an easier regimen and a complete change of my life! Thank you very much for your continued support and hope to hear from you Greetings from Holland
Response from Ms. Salisbury
Hello to Holland, I feel there is a wonderful pipeline of new HIV drugs coming. Today I heard that the new integrase inhibitor will be pushed into early access within the next 5 to 6 months. There is also the new entry inhibitors that look promising for early access within the next year-maybe by Spring. I know it is tough taking all those meds. I also know your practitioners are doing the best they can at this time for you.
Roche is looking at Fuzeon for a once a week injection but a time to the general public is very difficult to predict. They are trying to perfect the delivery system.
New drugs for HIV are usually on a fast track but even then it is hard to predict when they will be completely FDA approved for the general public. Keep the faith. Carol
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