Study: Generics Could Cut Costs of HIV Treatment
January 15, 2013
HIV-infected patients may soon be able to switch from a branded one-pill combination of antiretroviral drugs to a less expensive protocol that combines generic and branded drugs. Current guidelines recommend HIV-infected people take the single-pill combination of efavirenz (Sustiva), emtricitabine (Emtriva), and tenofovir (Viread). The cheaper three-pill regimen would include a generic version of efavirenz, lamivudine (similar to emtricitabine), and Atripla. According to Rochelle Walensky, MD, the United States could see a savings of $920 million in the first year if every U.S. resident on antiretroviral therapy switched to the three-pill generic regimen.
[TheBody.com Editor's Note, 1/18/2013: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Atripla was the brand name of tenofovir, rather than Viread. We have corrected the error on this page.]
01.14.2013; Michael Smith
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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