Will An Antiretroviral Patch Help Adherence? Doubtful
October 29, 2011
Setting aside for a moment the fact that most patients actually do take their medications just fine, thank you -- and that this particular transdermal HIV drug delivery system hasn't even been tested on animals, let alone humans -- I have always wondered about the assumption that novel drug delivery systems would improve adherence.
Seems to me that the major problem with non-adherent patients isn't that they can't take pills.
It's that they won't take them.
And I strongly suspect that most would make the same choice when it comes to putting on a patch every day (or even every week).
Paul Sax is Clinical Director of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital. His blog HIV and ID Observations is part of Journal Watch, where he is Editor-in-Chief of Journal Watch AIDS Clinical Care.
This article was provided by NEJM Journal Watch. NEJM Journal Watch is a publication of the Massachusetts Medical Society.
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